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Southampton ‘agree deal in principle’ to sign Liverpool winger on loan

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Southampton ‘agree deal in principle’ to sign Liverpool winger on loan

Minamino is close to leaving Anfield on loan

Minamino is close to leaving Anfield on loan (Picture: Getty Images)

Southampton have reportedly ‘agreed a deal in principle’ to sign Liverpool winger Takumi Minamino on loan until the end of the season in a last-gasp deadline day swoop.

The 26-year-old has found playing time difficult to come by for the Reds this season, making just nine appearances in the Premier League.

According to Sky Sports, the Saints have moved at the 11th-hour to recruit Minamino on a six-month loan.

A late, late deal is on the cards

A late, late deal is on the cards (Picture: Getty Images)

The report states that talks are only commenced on Monday morning but have accelerated quickly throughout the day to make the 11pm deadline, and Minamino is said to be currently undergoing his Southampton medical.

The Saints were also keen on taking Liverpool’s Neco Williams on a temporary basis, but the Merseyside club rebuffed their approach.

In terms of incomings for Liverpool, they have completed the signings of defenders Ben Davies from Preston on a permanent deal, and Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke.

Reacting to the arrival of Davies from the Championship club, Jurgen Klopp made a rather honest admission.

‘What I like about Ben is it just shows that each situation creates opportunities,’ Klopp told the club’s official website.

‘I think it’s probably clear that in a normal transfer window, without any issues, we would not look at Preston if there’s a player for us or something like that. It’s not really likely.

‘But since we saw him and since our situation got clearer and clearer – the problems we had – when we saw him we got really excited about it and thought, ‘Wow.’ He’s a boy who played his whole life for Preston, is around the corner pretty much.

‘We see the potential really. We see the quality and we see the potential as well because he’s 25 and there’s a lot to come for him. I love a lot about his play. He’s a really good footballer, looks like a proper leader in this Preston team, good in challenges, looks football smart, can play different positions because he played in a back three and a back four and all these things.’


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