Liverpool have reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain to sign centre-back Mamadou Sakho.
The Reds will pay the Ligue 1 champions a €17 million fee for the 23-year-old defender as Brendan Rodgers looks to improve his defensive options for the 2013-14 campaign.
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Liverpool are also close to agreeing a deal for Sporting Lisbon youngster Tiago Ilori, with the Reds having tabled a €7m offer plus performance related bonuses to sign the 20-year-old.
Rodgers has felt the need to dip into the market for defensive reinforcements with the future of Martin Skrtel remaining up in the air, with Napoli strongly linked with a move for the Slovakia international.
The Anfield manager's options have been further limited with Sebastian Coates sidelined with a long-term knee injury, while Andre Wisdom's patchy pre-season performances have done little to convince Rodgers that he is ready for a regular first-team berth.
There is better news regarding Kolo Toure's fitness, however, with Rodgers revealing on Friday that the Ivorian could recover from a groin problem in time to face Manchester United on Sunday.