Friday, May 17, 2013

Liverpool Set To Sign £3.5m Ilori From Lisbon

Liverpool is closing in on a £3.5million deal for Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori.

Sportsmail revealed last month that Brendan Rodgers was stepping up interest in the young Portuguese who had been identified a year earlier by club scouts.

However, the 20-year-old's valuation has quadrupled since that first recommendation after he broke into Sporting's first team and established himself as one of their most consistent performers.

Valencia has also made enquiries but Liverpool hope their strong relationship with the Portuguese will help close the deal quickly.

A defensive recruit has been one of Liverpool's priorities since Jamie Carragher announced he is to retire after the final game of the season.

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