Liverpool on verge of pre-contract deal for Serb striker

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Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is reportedly on the verge of signing Serbian striker Milan Jovanovic.

The Reds appeared to have missed out on the striker after failing to agree a deal in January, but with the transfer window closed for just over 24 hours it appears Liverpool are close to agreeing a pre-contract deal for the striker.

A powerful striker who has scored nearly a goal every other game for Standard Liege, Jovanovic has proven himself on the international stage for Serbia and scored some important goals for his country in the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Tipped as a player to watch in South Africa, Rafael Benitez is hoping to tie up a deal that would see the 28-year-old striker join up with the Reds straight after the tournament.

Jovanovic has failed to agree a contract extension with the Belgian First Division striker, and the former Lokomotiv Moscow star will be allowed to leave the Stade Maurice Dufrasne for free if a deal can be agreed.

AC Milan and Birmingham City have both reportedly been interested in the striker, but Sky Sports News understands that it's Liverpool who are set to land the forward.

Initial reports also suggest that Jovanovic will only agree to a deal with the Reds after assurances that Rafael Benitez will still be the manager next season.

If such guarantees can be made, then the highly-rated striker would appear to be on the verge of a move to Merseyside.

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