Liverpool have agreed a deal in principle to sign striker Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo, subject to paperwork being completed.
The 25-year-old – who can play on the wing as well as through the middle – started out with the youth setup at the Spanish club before breaking into the first team in 2009. He had been a shining star in a poor season for Celta Vigo – scoring 12 goals in 34 games in 2012-13.
The Reds are considered outsiders for the league title next season but are listed at 3-1 with Unibet to get back into the Champions League, and Aspas last week spoke of his desire to help them achieve that goal.
It is reported he rejected late offers from other clubs in favour of a switch to Anfield. Speaking to Spanish media outlet Marca he said:
“Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world and although I had offers from Italy and Portugal and other countries I decided my future was in English football.”
As a non-English speaker the language barrier could be an issue initially, but with the deal being struck early in the transfer window the forward has a couple of months to prepare, and will be looking to his new team mates for help.
“I hope I will get help from Pepe Reina, Suso, Dani Pacheco, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Leiva and Jose Enrique,” he added.
Aspas underwent a medical on Merseyside this week but returned to Spain without completing the deal, citing “bureaucratic reasons” as the reason for the delay. These issues now appear to have been overcome with the player set to put pen to paper.
He will become the Reds second signing of the summer, following the recent deal to secure the services of Kolo Toure from Manchester City.