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Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Ozan Kabak. And reports claim Duje Caleta-Car is ‘devastated’ after seeing a move to Anfield all through. Jurgen Klopp’s side are determined to take transfer action on deadline day, with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip currently injured.
Liverpool are determined to sign two centre-backs today.
Ben Davies is poised to arrive from Championship side Preston, with the 25-year-old rejecting Celtic in favour of a move to Anfield.
And, now, Kaban is set to follow with the Schalke star currently undergoing a medical ahead of a move to the Premier League.
Before that, Liverpool were targeting a move for Marseille star Caleta-Car.
He was ready and waiting to move to Merseyside on Sunday, waiting all day to board a plane with his girlfriend that would have taken him to England.
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Yet, now, that’s dead in the water.
And the Daily Mail say the Marseille star is ‘devastated’ at seeing a move to the current Premier League champions collapse, having been eager to join.
It’s claimed Marseille pulled out of a deal because they couldn’t land a replacement.
The French club’s sporting director Pablo Longoria has been eyeing a number of players suggested to him over the weekend – but they’ve now decided against cashing in.
The Ligue 1 side wanted an EU player to replace Caleta-Car and, with the club having until 5pm to act, time has ultimately counted against them.
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As for Liverpool, and Kabak is now poised to arrive.
The defender has impressed for Schalke over the past 12 months and had previously been on the radar of Newcastle, who couldn’t rubber-stamp a deal.
Kaban is currently undergoing a medical ahead of his move to Liverpool and, if all goes to plan, should be announced later today.
Meanwhile, regarding Preston star Davies, Klopp was coy when quizzed on the 25-year-old after his side’s 3-1 win over West Ham on Sunday.
“I say it all the time, in our situation it makes sense [to sign a centre-back],” he said.
“[But] Nat Phillips played a decent game, James Milner shouted at Hendo ‘you better be careful, because if you keep playing like this, you’ll be centre-back for the rest of your career’.
“Our eyes are always open, and we try to fix our situation. If we can do it, I don’t know. If not, we play like tonight.
“If it’s not a problem, it’s only a problem if something else happens – then we become a little bit short, that’s true.”
Davies’ old manager Graham Westley has praised Davies in an interview with The Athletic.
“I like courage in players, courage to receive the ball and work the ball forwards, courage to succeed in the challenge, courage to undo an opponent’s attacking assets and work hard enough and persistently enough to see those assets off,” Westley tells The Athletic.
“In a defender, it is the final two qualities that are the most important. It was obvious to me at a very young age that Ben had all three. That’s why I debuted him so young and believed so strongly in his potential.
“If there is a challenge, you want a player who keeps his eye on the ball and truly means to win it. Without hesitation, that’s Ben.
“He’s a very straightforward and level-headed lad. He looks you in the eye, he takes praise and criticism well. You’d want him on your side.
“I was willing to gamble on his talent and give him games. It cost me. Early on, he conceded an unnecessary late penalty that lost us a game at Deepdale we were pressing to win. Because Preston was a promotion-focused club, it was difficult to let youth play. I understood his slow curve and loan-based evolution.
“I think that Ben, as a good learner, was always going to grow as a player. But the raw ingredients aren’t ingredients you give a player. They say, ‘Show me the boy of seven and I’ll show you the man’. Ben was a humble young man with courageous raw ingredients. His upbringing gave him a perfect platform.
“I’m not surprised Liverpool have gone for him. In my eyes, he always had the ingredients needed at the very top. Jurgen Klopp hurts players’ hamstrings in training with his intensity. Ben thrived in my intense regime so I’m certain he’ll dig in and sweat the necessary blood!”
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