Liverpool defender Philipp Degen is set to join Stuttgart.

Degen was informed by Roy Hodgson in the wake of the new manager's arrival at Anfield that he did not feature in his first-team plans and that he was free to look for a new club.

Stuttgart acted quickly and former Borussia Dortmund player Degen is interested in a return to Germany, meaning a deal will now need to be agreed with Liverpool.

Stuttgart's director, Jochen Schneider, told BILD: "We have reached an agreement with the player (Degen). The player wants to join our club."

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