Liverpool “seem to have won” race to sign Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic

The possibility of Marko Grujic becoming the first signing of Jurgen Klopp‘s reign is growing stronger, with the Red Star Belgrade midfielder likely to in the summer.

Reports from Serbia on Tuesday suggested that a deal had already been agreed for Grujic to move to Liverpool, though these were played down by the English press.

But, as the Liverpool Echo‘s Kristian Walsh now suggests, Liverpool look to have beaten Inter Milan to secure his signature.

Walsh cites Klopp’s role in proceedings, with the Reds manager thought to have contacted Grujic personally to express his interest.

“Grujic would join the club in January, but be immediately loaned back to his current club until the end of the season,” Walsh claims.

“Cash-strapped Serbian Super League leaders Red Star have been resigned to selling their big asset but Grujic wants to stay in his homeland until the end of the season to help them clinch the title.”

Grujic took to Facebook on Wednesday night to acknowledge rumours of a move to Merseyside, though these have since been removed.

With Serbian and English media now corroborating on these reports, the likelihood of Grujic joining Liverpool is high.

Far from the big-name signing that supporters were perhaps expecting, Klopp’s interest in Grujic could well be indicative of the German’s plans in the transfer market.

Rubin Kazan’s Magomed Ozdoev is thought to be on the Reds’ radar, while reports on Wednesday evening suggested that Klopp was plotting a move for soon-to-be free agent Joel Matip, currently plying his trade in the Bundesliga with Schalke.

Signing Matip, Grujic and Ozdoev would see Klopp add to his defence and midfield, fleshing out a squad in need of reinforcements.