Liverpool have confirmed a deal has been agreed to sign Greece international Sotirios Kyrgiakos, subject to the defender passing a medical.
Skysports.com revealed on Tuesday that Reds boss Rafa Benitez had lined up a move for the AEK Athens stopper to provide cover in his back-line.
Benitez revealed after his team's 4-0 win over Stoke City on Wednesday evening that the former Rangers centre-half is heading to Anfield.
Kyrgiakos is expected to arrive on Merseyside before the weekend to undergo a medical and he could be involved in next Monday's Premier League game against Aston Villa.
"We have nearly done the deal subject to a medical," Benitez told the club's official website. "He is a player with experience who can hopefully help us in defence.
"He has experience in British football and Rangers. After that with Frankfurt and the national team.
"He's a good player in the air, strong and aggressive. We were looking for a player with experience.
"He will have the medical this week, it has to be before the weekend."
Benitez is currently without both Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel through injury, and started Spanish teenager Daniel Ayala alongside Jamie Carragher against Stoke.