Liverpool have agreed a deal with AEK Athens to sign Greek international Sotirios Kyrgiakos for a fee reported to be worth £2m.
The 30-year-old defender will undergo a medical on Merseyside this week with a view to signing before next Monday’s home game with Aston Villa.
“He is a player with experience who can hopefully help us in defence,” Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez told his club website.
“He has experience in British football with Rangers.
“He’s a good player in the air, strong and aggressive. We were looking for a player with experience.
“He will have the medical this week, it has to be before the weekend.”
The Greek player’s arrival is timely with Reds defenders Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel both currently out injured. Agger has a back problem and Skrtel is sidelined because of a jaw injury.
Kyrgiakos, who has been represented Greece 50 times, confirmed the deal with Liverpool on his personal website on Tuesday, describing his decision to move to England as “irrevocable”.
“This is the biggest challenge of my career. I have accepted Liverpool’s proposal,” he wrote.