Skysports.com understands Liverpool are on the verge of signing Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel.
The Zenit St Petersburg centre-back has been in talks with Liverpool this week and undergone a medical after the English titans agreed a fee with the Russian outfit.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has been keen to bolster his defensive options and has made Skrtel his top target.
Skrtel's agent Karol Csonto has confirmed the player has passed a medical and that a deal is close to completion.
"Everything is fine, we have a meeting with Rick Parry this afternoon to finalise everything," Csonto told skysports.com
"Martin has passed his medical and the contract is ready to sign.
"We now just wait for Liverpool to announce the details."
Meanwhile, Daniel Agger has revealed his relief at closing in on his return to action.
The Danish international has been sidelined since September with a broken metatarsal.
Agger is now back in training and had hoped to feature in Thursday's reserves clash with Blackburn only for the match to be called off because of a waterlogged pitch.
The former Brondby ace is looking forward to returning to the fold after such a lengthy spell out of action
"I'm almost there, but of course I am going to need some playing time," Agger told the club's official website.
"Running around on the training ground is not the same as doing it on the pitch, but I'm almost back to full fitness now.
"I can't describe the feeling really. Especially as I'm here in Liverpool to play football. When you're not able to play, then well, I won't say there's no point in me being here, but it can sometimes feel that way.
"I'm looking very much forward to getting back. It is not fun being on the sidelines, especially not when you're at a club like this.
"There is massive competition for places, and it's all about giving your absolute best every time you play.
"It goes without saying that it's hard to do that when you're out, and being out for four months over such a small bone in my foot has been very frustrating."