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Adam Bogdan to join Liverpool on Bosman free transfer on July 1

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Liverpool have reached agreement with Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, who is set to arrive at Anfield on a Bosman free transfer on July 1 after agreeing personal terms over a surprise switch to Merseyside.

The 27-year-old stopper ends an eight-year association with the Trotters where he made over 100 senior appearances in the Premier League and the Championship, to link up with Brendan Rodgers' squad in time for the start of the 2015/16 campaign.

Bogdan becomes the Reds' third signing of the summer following the recent capture of James Milner from Manchester City and Danny Ings from recently relegated Burnley.

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Both of those players are also free agents following the expiry of their respective contracts at the Etihad Stadium and Turf Moor.

Milner and Ings have both been heavily linked with a possible move to Liverpool for quite some time, but Bogdan's imminent transfer has taken more people by surprise.

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The Hungary international is expected to replace Australian custodian Brad Jones as back-up to Simon Mignolet, but will undoubtedly have aspirations of challenging the current No.1 for his place between the sticks.

Like Milner and Ings, Bogdan's imminent deal is subject to the successful completion of a medical, which he'll undergo before returning to pre-season training next month.

For now, the 6ft 4in star is focused on the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier for his country which comes against Finland on Saturday.

A number of niggling injury problems have disrupted Bogdan's participation over the past two campaigns, and he made just 13 appearances for Bolton in 2014/15.

One of those came against Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round, keeping a clean sheet during the goalless draw at Anfield. However, he was absent for the replay at the Macron Stadium which saw the visitors progress courtesy of a narrow 2-1 victory.

Trotters boss Neil Lennon will be disappointed to have lost the services of Bogdan, particularly after letting fellow keeper Andy Lonergan leave on a free transfer as well.

However, the opportunity to join a club as illustrious as Liverpool proved too good to turn down, as well as the chance of returning to England's top-flight next term.

Liverpool fans: What do you make of the shock signing of Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Adam Bogdan? Is he capable of challenging Simon Mignolet for the No.1 spot in Brendan Rodgers' team? Have your say below…

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