AS Roma are closing in on a deal for highly rated Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kameni, paving the way for Alexander Doni to make his much anticipated switch to Liverpool.
The 27-year-old Cameroon international was a previous target for Fulham, but the Cottagers were unable to agree a deal with the La Liga outfit and so instead opted to sign Hungarian stopper Csaba Somogyi.
Kameni's former teammate, Ivan de la Pena, now technical director at Roma is thought to have played a central part in the deal that will allow Reds boss Kenny Dalglish to complete a long-awaited move for the departing Doni, who should arrive at Anfield by the end of the week.
After being heavily linked with Ajax's Maarten Stekelenburg, the Serie A side have taken a decision to move for Kameni, who will fill the void left by the 31-year-old Liverpool-bound Brazilian.
"His arrival is probable," sporting director Walter Sabatini said. "That means it is something a bit more than just a possibility, even if anything can happen in the market.
"Stekelenburg? He is a great goalkeeper, but the decision was a technical one."
Kameni, who is set to sign for a fee in the region of €3million, will fill the void left by Doni, who himself moves to Merseyside to add experienced back-up to Reds No.1 Pepe Reina at Anfield.