Bookies tip Liverpool to sign Lemar before transfer deadline

The odds of Liverpool signing Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar have shortened significantly.

The Frenchman was thought to be under Arsenal’s radar, but after manager Arsene Wenger told reporters that a deal was “dead”, it seems that a Premier League rival jumped into the mix.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the Merseyside outfit have struggled to agree a fee with the Ligue 1 giants having had a £65m bid rejected.

The publication claims, though, that manager Jurgen Klopp is not giving up hope and the club will increase their offer to £75m.

It is believed that out-of-favour striker Divock Origi could be included in the deal to tempt Monaco into giving the green light.

Liverpool have been busy over the last few days; confirming the signing of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, who will not join the club until the summer of 2018.

For the last few weeks, the bookies have tipped Monaco to keep hold of Lemar, but now Sky Bet and William Hill have placed Liverpool as 1/3 and 1/2 favourites respectively for the 21-year-old’s signature.

Lemar scored 14 goals and created 14 assists in all competitions for Monaco last season.