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Liverpool are set to appoint AFC Bournemouth chief scout Mark Burchill at Anfield.

Liverpool are set to appoint AFC Bournemouth chief scout Mark Burchill, as the club’s new structure starts to take shape at Anfield, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

The Reds will undergo a summer of upheaval, after head coach Jurgen Klopp announced that he would be leaving the club at the end of the 2023/24 season.

Fenway Sports Group’s chief executive officer of football operations, Michael Edwards, and incoming Liverpool sporting director, Richard Hughes, will oversee the hire of a new manager and an important 2024 summer transfer window. Burchill is expected to follow Hughes from the Vitality Stadium to Anfield.

Burchill ‘will follow’ Hughes to Liverpool

An agreement is already in place

Earlier this week, Liverpool confirmed that AFC Bournemouth’s Richard Hughes would become the club’s new sporting director, after Jorg Schmadtke vacated the role after the 2024 winter transfer window. The 44-year-old will oversee significant changes on Merseyside.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Mark Burchill is set to follow Hughes and join Liverpool from Bournemouth. A contract will be signed soon, but an agreement is ‘already in place’, with Michael Edwards, Hughes, and Burchill forming part of a fresh structure at Anfield.

“Mark Burchill will follow Richard Hughes to Liverpool. It’s all decided for Bournemouth chief scout to join #LFC. It will be signed soon but agreement’s already in place. Edwards, Hughes and Burchill will be part of the new structure.”

Burchill will also have a busy task on his hands over the coming months. With several key players ageing, reaching the end of their contracts, and linked with moves away, the current Cherries scout will be tasked with identifying appropriate successors within a reasonable price range.

The 43-year-old has been Bournemouth’s chief scout since being handed the role in the summer of 2019. Burchill has overseen the south coast outfit’s relegation and subsequent promotion back to the Premier League in his time as the club’s leading scout.

He will have played a role in key signings over the past 12 months, including the addition of Leeds United duo Tyler Adams and Luis Sinisterra, Sassuolo’s Hamed Traore, Bristol City’s Alex Scott, and Dynamo Kyiv’s Ilya Zabarnyi. However, he will now have to step up another level on his move to Liverpool.

Liverpool ‘weighing up’ swoop for Tosin Adarabioyo

According to reports, Liverpool are considering a move for Fulham centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo ahead of the 2024 summer transfer window. The 26-year-old sees his current deal at Craven Cottage expire in the summer, meaning he could leave on a free transfer.

However, Fulham are reportedly preparing a contract offer which will make him one of the highest-paid players at Craven Cottage and discussions with representatives are already taking place in the background. Liverpool, alongside Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan, have been ‘weighing up’ a move for the former England U19 international, who has been in ‘exceptional form’ since returning to action from injury in November 2023.

With Joel Matip suffering a long-term injury and out-of-contract in the summer, Burchill may be tasked with scouting a suitable long-term centre-back replacement at Anfield, who can step into the new manager’s side.

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