Liverpool expected to tie up defender deal

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Maynor Figueroa looks set to join Liverpool from Wigan, after his agent confirmed a deal was imminent.

The Honduran full-back – famed for scoring a free-kick from his own half against Stoke last season – has been consistently linked with a move to Anfield as Roy Hodgson searches for a new left-back after losing Emiliano Insua and Fabio Aurelio.

And it looks as though Figueroa will be the man to fill the void, rather then other rumoured targets Wayne Bridge and Paul Konchesky. Hamburg’s Marcell Jansen had also been linked with a transfer to Merseyside, but the German international’s representative explained that he would be staying put.

"The interest in him is a credit to Marcell," Gerd vom Bruch told Hamburger Morgenpost.

"But he is under contract with Hamburger SV and will be respecting this."

Figueroa joined Wigan in 2008 and firmly established himself as one of the lynchpins of Roberto Martinez’s side. However, he looks set to follow the example of international teammate Wilson Palacios and Ecuador star Antonio Valencia by using the Latics as a stepping-stone to the upper reaches of the Premier League.

And the versatile defender now appears to be on the verge of sealing his move to Anfield. His agent told the Daily Mirror: “Just a few details remain before we confirm the signing.”

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