Liverpool Close In On Double Swoop
Liverpool are closing in on a double swoop for Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given and Sporting Lisbon defender Thiago Ilori, according to reports this afternoon
As we enter the final stages of the summer transfer window, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Liverpool are closing in on two more signings.
Liverpool are closing in on a double swoop for Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given and Sporting Lisbon defender Thiago Ilori, according to reports today.
Boss Brendan Rodgers is believed to be keen on bringing in experienced cover for No.1 Simon Mignolet and the Mirror are reporting that he is close to agreeing a deal to bring in Republic of Ireland international Given.
The 37-year-old is surplus to requirements at Villa Park and didn’t even go on the clubs pre-season tour this summer, and it seems the Reds are ready to give him a fresh start.
The newspaper claims that Given still has three years left on his £60,000-a-week deal but with Villa desperate to get him off their wage bill, they’ll be prepared to sell him to Liverpool for a nominal fee.
There are also widespread reports that Rodgers is on the verge of adding to his defensive options with Goal one of several media outlets who’re claiming that a £5.9m deal to sign Sporting Lisbon’s Thiago Ilori is close to completion.
Martin Skrtel appears out-of-favour under the Northern Irishman and with Kolo Toure picking up a groin injury in midweek, a centre-back has become a priority.
Liverpool were strongly linked with Ilori at the start of the summer but a deal couldn’t be agreed. However, Goal suggest that a breakthrough has been found and the 20-year-old is now expected to make the move to Anfield before the window shuts on Monday.
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