Liverpool to tie up Mascherano replacement next week

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The agent of Liverpool target Christian Poulsen has admitted the Dane might be a Red within the week, according to reports.

Earlier on this week, it was confirmed Roy Hodgson was in talks with the Danish holding midfielder over a move to Anfield.

With speculation rife over Javier Mascherano’s future, and Hodgson himself knowing he can do little to stop the Argentine leaving for Inter Milan, a replacement is of the utmost importance.

The 30-yeal-old is surplus to requirements at Juventus and is currently available on the cheap as new boss Luigi Del Neri is willing to part company with the midfielder.

Poulsen’s compatriot Daniel Agger is already playing for Liverpool and he would not have any trouble fitting in.

Poulsen’s agent, Jorn Bonnesen, who has held talks with the club, has admitted the deal is close to a conclusion.

He told Ekstra Bladet: “It won't take more than a week before this is sorted out. It might be already in the beginning of next week. Christian Poulsen is Roy's man.

"He will be playing as defensive midfielder at Liverpool. I returned home with a good and positive impression."

Despite reports of massive sums of money being made available to Hodgson once a takeover has been completed, the former Fulham boss is happy to pick up a few bargains.

Adam Federici is now a target as back up goalkeeper and Wayne Bridge is still on the radar if Emiliano Insua does move on.

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