Reds near Dossena deal

Liverpool expect to complete the signing of Italian left-back Andrea Dossena next week.

Chief executive Rick Parry has confirmed that a deal to take the 26-year-old Udinese player to Anfield is close to being finalised.

Parry told the club’s website, liverpoolfc.tv: “We are now ready to confirm the signing of Dossena.

“The deal should go through next week after finalising the paperwork.”

Defender Dossena, who has been capped once at senior level by Italy, has been targeted as a replacement for John Arne Riise, who departed for Roma earlier this month.

Parry said: “John was an incredibly enthusiastic defender who was always a great pro.

“He worked hard and never gave us a minute’s trouble. The fans will remember that powerful shot of his that brought them to their feet on many occasions.

“We had a good chat about his time here and he wants to thank the fans for the support he was given down the years.

“He secured Champions League and FA Cup success at Anfield and also helped us win the Worthington Cup and two European Super Cups.”

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