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Reds Close In On Coutinho

Liverpool target Philipe Coutinho is expected to have a medical with the club after they agreed a £8.5m fee with Inter Milan.

The Brazilian midfielder has also been subject to an approach from Southampton but has chosen to join the Merseysiders.

Whilst Liverpool were not prepared to go above £8m the Saints were prepared to meet the Italian club’s £10.2m valuation.

However, Coutinho’s insistence on joining the Reds has seen the deal pushed through subject to a medical and contract talks.

That is despite the 20-year-old having worked with new Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino, while on loan at Espanyol last season.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers recently revealed that the team were looking to strengthen further during the transfer window having snapped up Daniel Sturridge early in January.

"We still need one or two additions. The club is doing everything it possibly can to assist me,” he said.

"The real plans are for now. Short term we want to improve and develop. We have brought in Daniel and he has been brilliant.

“If we can bring in one or two more, then great. If not the group has worked fantastically well and if we can support it now, then fantastic. It is very much about the now, we want to improve."

The former Swansea manager was also candid about his side’s failure to make adequate additions to the squad before the commencement of the season.

"We were maybe a little bit short in the summer, but we all agreed this was a month that we would try and strengthen.

"It was difficult all around in the summer. I was a new manager, we didn't have recruitment staff, I was busy in pre-season and the lines of communication maybe weren't there.

"There is a small group who communicate a lot and go through targets, and there is a small group who'll decide what players we're going to bring in. It's worked very, very well, and that relationship will only get better going forward.”

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