Premier League side Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, according to reports.
The Reds are still on the lookout for another midfielder this summer despite sealing a £16m move for Wataru Endo from German side Stuttgart.
Liverpool brought in Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai earlier in the transfer window to cover the losses of Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner.
But the unexpected departures of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to Saudi Arabia meant that Jurgen Klopp turned his attention again to midfield.
Liverpool failed to get deals for Romeo Lavia and Moises Caicedo over the line as they both preferred Chelsea and now Klopp is looking to add one more to his midfield after the signing of Endo.
A potential deal for Amrabat – who has also been heavily linked with Manchester United – has been mooted with one report claiming Klopp recently made a phone call to the Morocco international in an attempt to get a deal over the line.
And now Spanish publication Nacional claim that Liverpool are ‘very close’ to sealing a deal for Amrabat and insist the Moroccan ‘already has an agreement’ with the Reds.
They add that he is now ‘one step away from joining’ Liverpool as Klopp looks to sign more experienced players to compliment his young midfielders like Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliot and Stefan Bajcetic.
Klopp has already brought in an older player in the form of Endo, who is 30, and the German insists it is “no surprise” he flopped on his debut against Bournemouth after only spending two days with his new team-mates.
When asked for his verdict on Endo’s debut Klopp replied: “Horrible.
“First game, coming in, I think we saw that Harvey [Elliott], who’s in a really good moment, came on in this game as well and was running left and right and the heart rate was 240.
“[It would have been] pretty much the same for Endo. The two days he had – no surprise! He did absolutely alright, but he came there and had absolutely no clue what to do.
“I spoke this morning with him about how, with 11 players, his position would look. A 4-4-1 was not involved in our conversation. That’s it now.
“I don’t think he slept a lot in the last two nights, so he came on and threw everything he had onto the pitch. That’s it.”