Liverpool “close to signing” Iago Aspas and Tiago Ilori

Liverpool are nearing the completion of a £7.7million deal to bring Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas to Anfield, and Sporting Lisbon’s Tiago Ilori will follow him, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Reds were thought to have agreed a fee for Aspas last week, prior to the club avoiding relegation from La Liga on the final day of the Spanish season.

Aspas will at some point fly to Merseyside for a medical and agree personal terms at Liverpool, before completing his switch.

The Echo also report that Portuguese defender Ilori could be joining Aspas in making the switch across Europe. They write that Liverpool have tabled a bid of around £3million and are confident of a deal being agreed.

The ECHO understands the Reds have tabled a bid of around £3million for the 20-year-old defender, who is currently on international duty with Portugal at the Toulon Tournament in France.

The Reds are increasingly confident they will complete the deal with cash-strapped Sporting willing to do business and Ilori having indicated his desire to join the club.

Ilori is yet to make his full senior debut for Portugal, but his highly rated as a prospect for the future within their domestic league.

Brendan Rodgers could indeed be rebuilding his attacking options this summer with the acquisition of Aspas.

Daniel Sturridge may miss the start of the season with ligament damage sustained on recent international duty, whilst the future of Luis Suarez – who scored in Uruguay’s victory over France on Wednesday night – is still unclear.

Fabio Borini played most of Italy U21’s 1-0 victory over England U21’s in their opening game of the U21 European Championships in Israel on Wednesday.

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