BPL Transfer Notebook: Liverpool get Origi, Southampton still losing parts, more

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By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

After impressing at the World Cup for Belgium, Divock Origi earned himself a move to the Premier League with Liverpool.

However, he’ll have to wait one more year to make his debut. He is heading back to Lille at the French club’s insistence, according to Sky Sports.

The 19-year-old striker has scored six goals in 35 appearances and will continue his education at the Ligue 1 side. Origi won’t be lining up in front of the Anfield faithful just yet, but he is excited for the challenge.

“I am very, very happy and delighted a club as big as Liverpool showed interest in me. I’m very excited,” he told the club’s official website. “I know it’s a club with a great history, great fans and a lot of great players. For me, Liverpool is one of the greatest clubs in the world and I’m very excited to be part of this great history.

“I am very proud to sign for the club. I’ll give everything for the club, like I did when I was small and did for Lille. I’m hoping we can achieve great things together.”

Origi’s signing continues the busy summer for Liverpool, who have now inked six players, including the Belgian teen. While Origi will have to wait the year before getting to work closely under manager Brendan Rodgers, he is relishing that opportunity when in the future.

“The fact we have a young team and can grow is the most exciting part,” Origi said. “With the coach we have he’s a great manager who can handle a young team.

“He’s said a lot of good things about Liverpool and told me it’s the perfect club for me. He was only positive and it was great to be able to talk with him about Liverpool.”

Southampton being decimated by big clubs

Liverpool have liked what they saw from Southampton and they continue to do their summer shopping there. After already signing Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, the club recently announced a deal to bring over center back Dejan Lovren.

The Croatian defender moves to Anfield for £20 million and is on a long-term deal, says Sky Sports.

On the club website, Lovren said: “It’s a dream come true. I’m happy and glad to be here. I’m proud and can’t wait to start. I know we have millions and millions of supporters – Liverpool is more than a club.

“After I played at Anfield last season, I said to myself: ‘One day I hope I’ll be able to play here for Liverpool’. The fans will know from the first minute that I’m a player that will give 100 per cent on the pitch.”

Arsenal has also jumped in on the fire-sale and have signed young right back Calum Chambers. He is expected to add cover as well as competition to fellow new right back signing Mathieu Debuchy.

The move costs the Gunners £16 million, according to Sky Sports, who have uncharacteristically opened the wallet often and much earlier than in windows past.

On Arsenal’s official site, Chambers said, “I am so happy to be signing for Arsenal. They are a team I have much admired for their playing style, and a team who have been one of the top sides in Europe for many years. I’m looking forward to joining up with my new team-mates today and beginning preparation for the season ahead.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone at Southampton FC for everything they have done for me and for making this move possible.”

The Gunners also recently announced the completion of a deal for goalkeeper David Ospina from Nice.

Transfer Chatter

1. Southampton halting exodus– While many of the the Saints stars have left, the exodus may be coming to an end. Southampton are believed to be unwilling to let Morgan Schneiderlin or Jay Rodriguez leave. Both are Tottenham transfer targets. However, a blocked move left Schneiderlin unhappy and voiced his displeasure on twitter. (From The Guardian)

2. Lukaku nearing permanent Everton deal– Chelsea recently saw the return of Didier Drogba, who Romelu Lukaku has been compared to. However, Lukaku may not get the chance to replicate his idol at Stamford Bridge. The 21-year-old Belgian striker is set to make a permanent switch to Everton after a successful loan spell last year. (From BBC Sport)

3. Carvalho free to move to Gunners– Arsenal have been chasing Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho and now could move even closer to a deal. The Portuguese club are willing to let the 22-year-old go after rejecting a recent bid from the Gunners. (From the Metro)