Germany’s Jonas Hector controls the ball during his international friendly soccer match France against Germany at the Stade de France stadium in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday Nov. 13, 2015 in Paris, (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Liverpool in talks with Jonas Hector after agreeing fee with Cologne

Liverpool are in talks with Jonas Hector after agreeing a fee with FC Cologne for the Germany left-back.

We understand that the Reds have agreed a fee with the Bundesliga side this week and have therefore been given permission to speak to the 26-year-old, who is currently away with the national side preparing for the European Championships.

Hector was previously reported to be available for around £12 million. Cologne themselves seem to have been readying for his departure with the signing of left-back Filip Mladenovic in January.

“Cologne already reacted to Jonas’ potential transfer with the signing of Mladenovic,” said Hector’s agent back in March.

“Upon consultation with FC Cologne we are allowed to talk to interested clubs,” he added.

Liverpool are the frontrunners among those interested clubs, with talks now underway.

Hector made 32 league appearances for Cologne last season, contributing four assists. He did appear in midfield in a handful of those games – including the final four games of the season, with Mladenovic at left-back. He captained the side on their final home game of the season, against Werder Bremen.

Dubbed as ‘Mr Reliable’ by some German media, Hector won the Cologne fans’ player of the year in 2013/14 – rare for a full-back.

He scored his first goal for his country against Italy in March, and has 13 caps so far for Joachim Low’s side.

England's Jordan Henderson and Germany's Jonas Hector (left) in action during the International Friendly match at the Olympic Stadium, Berlin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 26, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Germany. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Hector is first choice left-back for the German national side and we scouted him against England earlier this year (read here).

Hector would become the second German and the third player from Bundesliga to sign for Liverpool since Jurgen Klopp‘s appointment, following the arrivals of Loris Karius and Joel Matip respectively.

We also understand Liverpool have had a bid for Schalke 04 winger Leroy Sane rejected and are considering whether to make a second bid for the 20-year-old.

UPDATE: Just for transparency, the Echo have since reported that Liverpool have no interest in Hector. Welcome to the wonderful world of transfer rumours.

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