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Liverpool edge closer to incredible striker coup after agreed deal tees up double Dortmund delight

Borussia Dortmund stars Jude Bellingham and Youssoufa Moukoko

Borussia Dortmund stars Jude Bellingham and Youssoufa Moukoko

A deal is ‘in place’ that has laid the foundations for Liverpool to sign Youssoufa Moukoko, and Jurgen Klopp has been told to read FSG the riot act in order to make it a double in January.

Speculation over Liverpool moving for the 17-year-old striker sensation has swelled in recent weeks. Klopp is understood to be blown away by the Cameroon-born German youth international whose contract with Dortmund is due to expire next summer.

His contract situation is far from clear, with Monday’s Euro Paper Talk revealing an internal family dispute could result in Moukoko refusing to pen fresh terms.

In that scenario, Dortmund may be forced into cashing in in January to avoid losing Moukoko as a free agent in eight months’ time.

Moukoko has started more often than not at the tip of Dortmund’s attack this season. He has four goals and three assists in 10 Bundesliga outings this year, including a vital strike in the 2-2 draw against bitter rivals Bayern Munich on October 8.

PSG and Real Madrid too are known admirers of the teenage superstar. However, according to Football Insider, a move to England, and by extension Liverpool, is now on the cards.

That stems from Moukoko reportedly agreeing a deal to join England-based football agency, Unique Sports Management, when he turns 18 next month.

That will reportedly ‘pave the way’ for a move to the Premier League and Liverpool are the only English side to have been seriously mentioned as a contender for his signature.

There is no indication as to how much Liverpool will have to pay to sign Moukoko. His high potential would suggest a deal won’t come cheap, though his contract status – only six months left come January – will weaken Dortmund’s position.

Liverpool urged to make it a double

Moukoko is not the only Dortmund star on Liverpool’s radar.

Their admiration of Jude Bellingham is well known. Also common knowledge is Liverpool’s desperate need of a midfield overhaul.

Bellingham, 19, has emerged as the club’s primary target to lead the next stage of evolution in Klopp’s midfield.

Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City and Real Madrid will all push to sign the England ace, and a recent report from the Times delivered a worrying update on the Reds’ chances.

Regardless, former Premier League goalkeeper, Paul Robinson, has urged Klopp to bang FSG’s doors down and urge them to act fast in January.

Robinson expects both players to leave Dortmund in the summer – not winter – though that shouldn’t prevent Liverpool from trying.

Bellingham isn’t expected to move until the summer, meaning any side bidding in January may have to greatly overpay. All manner of valuations for Blelingham have been touted, raning from between £83m to £131m.

However, Robinson believes Liverpool’s midfield issues are so great that overpaying would be worth it in the long haul, especially to land a player of Bellingham’s calibre.

“They are both summer moves,” admitted Robinson.

“I cannot see how that is going to get done in January. To have any chance of signing either player in January you are going to overpay for them.

“Bellingham and Liverpool are a great fit. He is a type of player who would flourish under Jurgen Klopp. They are crying out for a player like Bellingham.

“If I was them, I would pay over the odds to get him in January. They are so short in that area. They are not performing well.

“If I was Jurgen Klopp I would be banging the owners’ door down to get that bit extra to get it over the line in January. They need Bellingham as soon as possible.”

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