Liverpool are on the verge of completing a deal for Inter Milan playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho’s switch to Anfield has appeared imminent for some time now, while last night pictures emerged of the Brazilian holding a Liverpool shirt.

Liverpool have reportedly agreed an £8.5 million fee for the 20-year-old, who joined Inter from Brazilian outfit Vasco da Gama in 2010 for £3.5 million.

Big things were expected of the talented youngster upon his arrival in Italy, but Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti admitted his move to Liverpool would suit all parties involved because of the lack of game time he has been afforded at the San Siro.

“There are opportunities there to be seized. Sometimes certain players need the chance to play more," Moratti told inter.it.

"And that's why I think this could be a great opportunity for a Coutinho, and a deal that could go very well for us too."

Coutinho is believed to have undergone a medical at Liverpool’s training ground and is waiting on a work permit to complete the deal.

The Brazilian will be Liverpool’s second signing of the winter window following the arrival of Daniel Sturridge at Anfield earlier this month.

Whether manager Brendan Rodgers is able to add to his squad further remains unclear; negotiations with Blackpool over former Reds winger Tom Ince have dragged on for much of the January window. Reading also in the hunt for his signature.

 

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