Liverpool are closing on a deal for Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

The Daily Star says Reds Boss Brendan Rodgers is a huge fan of the Greek star, although the Reds have been reluctant to pay the £13m Schalke wanted.

Sources close to Papadopoulos claim he is keen to leave the Bundesliga for Anfield, while Schalke have indicated they are now willing to thrash out a deal.

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