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Klopp eyes Lemar after Ox' swoop

Liverpool ready to break the bank to land targets with Saints star Van Dijk still an Anfield target

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (l) is on the verge of a move to Liverpool where he will link up with Jordan Henderson (r) who he faced last Sunday

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (l) is on the verge of a move to Liverpool where he will link up with Jordan Henderson (r) who he faced last Sunday

Monaco’s Thomas Lemar

Monaco’s Thomas Lemar

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (l) is on the verge of a move to Liverpool where he will link up with Jordan Henderson (r) who he faced last Sunday

Liverpool are set to complete the signing of Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The clubs have agreed a deal that will see the England international move to Anfield.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, had also been a target for Premier League champions Chelsea but it is believed Liverpool was always the player's preferred destination.

Personal terms will now be discussed after Oxlade-Chamberlain completed a medical yesterday evening at St George's Park - where he is currently training with England ahead of their World Cup qualification double-header.

Chelsea had seemingly moved into pole position to land the former Southampton youngster after agreeing their own deal with Arsenal.

But Oxlade-Chamberlain appears to have his heart set on a move to Liverpool.

Weakened

The loss of the midfielder will be seen as a blow by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has been adamant in recent weeks that he wants to keep the player at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal's hand was weakened by the fact Oxlade-Chamberlain's contract had less than a year to run and they have decided to cash in for a reported £40million rather than allow him to walk away for free in 2018.

Liverpool are also trying to conclude a club-record deal for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar before the transfer window closes.

The Ligue 1 side are reluctant to sell but their purchase of Lazio winger Keita Balde on Tuesday raised hopes they may be preparing for his departure.

It would likely take a fee in excess of £70million for the highly-rated 21-year-old and reported late interest from Barcelona, who have been frustrated in their attempts to sign Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, may complicate things further.

Wantaway Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk is also a player Liverpool would be keen to sign should Saints decide to cut their losses on the Dutch defender who has yet to play for them this season after insisting he wants to leave.

But having had to publicly withdraw their interest earlier in the summer after allegations of an illegal approach, the Reds would need some encouragement from the south-coast club to make a world-record offer for a defender. So far, Klopp has signed striker Dominic Solanke in a £3m move from Chelsea and broke the club's transfer record by bringing in Mohamed Salah in a £50m deal from Roma.

The club then broke that record by finalising a deal - which will cost a minimum of £60m - for Naby Keita, but the Red Bull Leipzig playmaker won't arrive at Anfield until the end of the season. Defender Andy Robertson also arrived in an £8m move from Hull City.


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