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Liverpool close in on Aspas signing

Liverpool are on course to complete the £7.7 million signing of striker Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo by the weekend, ESPN understands.

Iago Aspas
Aspas scored 12 goals for Celta Vigo last season

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Aspas scored 12 goals in 34 matches during the last season to help his club survive in the Spanish top flight.

A fee was agreed between Liverpool and Celta Vigo last week, and the player is expected on Merseyside for a medical once a few minor details regarding the deal have been sorted out.

The 25-year-old, who can play as a main forward, a second striker or out wide, broke into Celta Vigo’s first team in 2008 after graduating from their youth set-up.

He is set to become Liverpool’s second signing of the summer, following the arrival of central defender Kolo Toure on a free transfer from Manchester City.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is considering moves for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Armenian attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Schalke’s Greece international centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

The club are also understood to have made a £3 million offer for Sporting Lisbon central defender Tiago Ilori. The 20-year-old is currently on duty with Portugal at the Toulon Tournament in France.

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