Thursday 27 October 2016

Klavan set to seal £4.2m Anfield deal

Ragnar Klavan. Photo: Carl Recine
Ragnar Klavan. Photo: Carl Recine

Ragnar Klavan is due to undergo a medical today ahead of his £4.2m transfer to Liverpool.

The Augsburg defender was expected on Merseyside on Monday evening, and is expected to finalise his switch to Anfield before the Reds fly out for their pre-season tour of the USA later this week.

Jurgen Klopp has identified the Estonian international as the man to come in and strengthen his central defensive options following injuries to Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez, and Tiago Ilori's Olympic Games call-up.

Thirty-year-old Klavan has won more than 100 caps for his country, and has spent four years with Augsburg in the Bundesliga, helping the unfashionable club to qualify for the Europa League in 2014/15.

Klavan has previously been linked with a move to Everton.

"I watched a lot of Premier League on TV when I was young," he said. "A big portion of my dream can be credited to Mart Poom. He was my hero as a young boy. He played in England and that certainly contributed to my current dream.

"Unlike nowadays, I couldn't watch every game or every team because there was only one match on TV. But Poom's career has been a dream for every footballer raised in independent Estonia. Mart is an idol for me. He managed to play himself into the Premier League when coming from Estonia and even lift his level considerably while in England."

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