Liverpool close on £13m-rated defender

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Liverpool are closing in on Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos, with the German club having admitted defeat in their attempts to keep hold of the £13 million-rated star.

As reported by the Daily Star, Papadopoulos is keen to leave the Bundesliga outfit, with Schalke reluctantly holding talks with Liverpool about a potential switch.

One of the main sticking points remains the fee - Brendan Rodgers has so far been unwilling to meet Papadopoulos' £13 million asking price, but it's believed a deal is likely to be struck ahead of the transfer window slamming shut on September 2.

Sources close to the player suggest the 21-year-old centre-back is keen to secure a move to the Premier League giants, and Liverpool are equally as determined to tie Papadopoulos down having lost Jamie Carragher at the end of last season following his retirement from football.

Whilst Rodgers has brought in Kolo Toure on a free transfer, the Liverpool boss is keen to add another defender to his squad, with rumours refusing to go away linking Daniel Agger with Barcelona and more recently, Manchester City.

Speaking to Bild, Schalke's sporting director Horst Heldt revealed the club are willing to speak to Liverpool regarding a potential transfer.

"There are a lot of clubs to take into account," said Heldt. "Specifically, there is nothing that has arrived, as far as I know.

"We're going to speak to each other when it takes concrete form. There is currently nothing concrete, and besides, he is a mainstay for Schalke."

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