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Liverpool's move for Christian Poulsen has edged closer to completion after he was given permission to leave Denmark's international squad, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Goal.com UK revealed last month that Reds boss Roy Hodgson would target the Juventus midfielder is Javier Mascherano moved to Inter.

The midfielder will arrive in Merseyside within the next 48 hours to finalise the deal after international boss Morten Olsen allowed him to miss the midweek friendly against Germany.

Last week, agent Joern Bonnesen had stated he expected the transfer to be wrapped up in the coming days. Poulsen could now be rushed into a shock Premier League debut against Arsenal on Sunday.

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