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Simon Mignolet, pictured, could challenge Jose Reina for Liverpool's number one jersey

Simon Mignolet, pictured, could challenge Jose Reina for Liverpool's number one jersey

Simon Mignolet, pictured, could challenge Jose Reina for Liverpool's number one jersey

Simon Mignolet's proposed transfer to Liverpool has taken a significant step forward after the Reds agreed a fee in excess of £11million with Sunderland for the goalkeeper.

Press Association Sport understands the two clubs have finally reached agreement after several weeks of discussion and that the 25-year-old Belgium international will head for Merseyside next week to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms.

Mignolet joined the Black Cats from Sint-Truiden three summers ago for just £2million and while he has two years remaining on his contract, his departure has become inevitable since Liverpool launched a concerted bid to lure him to Anfield.

Mignolet's arrival would push the future of Liverpool's established number one Jose Reina further into the spotlight.

Speculation has widely linked the Spain international with a summer move to former club Barcelona but, with their goalkeeper Victor Valdes insistent he will see out the remaining year of his contract, there may not be an opening at the Nou Camp.

Reina yesterday said he planned to see out the three years of his contract - and possibly extend it - but did concede a move to a bigger club would be a "good opportunity".

Sevilla midfielder Luis Alberto is expected to be confirmed as Rodgers' third signing in the next couple of days after travelling to the club's Melwood training ground for a medical.

The 20-year-old has said he will use the success of Spaniards in the Premier League to motivate him.

"I'm very much looking forward to it," Alberto said.

Despite reported problems in Spain regarding the transfer of Iago Aspas, who has issues with various agents to resolve, Liverpool have no concerns the deal will be confirmed at some point.

Their position with Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is more complicated, however, and is set to run for several weeks.

The Reds are interested in the Armenia international but so are a number of European rivals. Mkhitaryan has a reported £20m buy-out clause but with other clubs circling that price could go higher.


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