LIVERPOOL are set to complete two transfer deals – after beating a host of top clubs to one of Europe’s most promising young strikers.
Italian left-back Andrea Dossena agreed terms to complete his move from Udinese for a fee in the region of £6million earlier this month before going on his honeymoon.
He is now set to put pen to paper when the transfer window officially opens on Tuesday, and Anfield chief executive Rick Parry said: “We are now ready to confirm the signing of Dossena. The deal should go through next week after finalising the paperwork.”
But the signing of Danish youngster Nikola Saric (pictured above) is a longer-term investment, the 17-year-old joining on a three-year deal from Herfolge for an undisclosed fee.
Barcelona were just one of a clutch of clubs keen to seal the signature of the striker, who can also play wide on the left, but after Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez contacted the player personally he dropped out of his club’s training camp in Greece to fly in to Merseyside yesterday.
“All the top clubs in Europe have been involved with this player,” Herfolge’s sporting director Per Rud told the Daily Post.
“So it says something about the club that he is turning up at Liverpool.
“We are very proud to sell him to one of the biggest clubs in the world and glad that they came up with the best package for him.”
Saric made his debut for the Danish second division club when he was 15 but he was restricted to just three appearances for them last season because of country commitments.
He began the campaign playing for Denmark under-17s but was promoted to the under-18s as he started to catch the eye with his performances in the international set-up. He is set to sign his contract next week and is likely to join the ranks of promising teenagers in Gary Ablett’s reserve side next season.
Saric said: “It is a unique opportunity for me.
“I will train with the big names over there, and in time they will develop me at reserve level.”
Paul Anderson, meanwhile, has joined Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan from Liverpool.
The forward helped Swansea to the League One title last season but Forest, who were the team promoted in the place below, have secured the services of the 19-year-old.
Leicester-born Anderson, who played 36 times for the Swans and scored eight goals, jumped at the opportunity to return to his native East Midlands when he was aware of manager Colin Calderwood’s interest.
“I enjoyed last season at Swansea but, after speaking to Forest, I just felt it was the right move for me,” Anderson said.
“I’m joining a big club in Forest and I am very excited about the challenge of trying to help them make an impact in The Championship.”
Anderson joined Liverpool in 2006 from Hull City, a move which saw John Welsh go in the opposite direction.