Liverpool FC: Reds set to complete signing of Nuri Sahin on season-long loan
by James Pearce, Liverpool Echo Aug 24 2012
LIVERPOOL FC are set to complete the signing of midfielder Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid on a season-long loan from Real Madrid today.
The Turkey international is due on Merseyside for talks and the Reds are confident they will secure his services.
A deal with Madrid is already in place as Liverpool moved quickly after Sahin’s proposed switch to Arsenal fell through.
Boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed: “Hopefully in the next 24 hours we will get some confirmation on that.
“It’s quite far along. He’s a very good footballer.”
Liverpool, who secured a 1-0 win over Hearts in last night’s Europa League play-off first leg at Tynecastle, believed they had lost out in the race to sign Sahin earlier this week due to the lure of playing Champions League football at the Emirates.
However, Arsenal failed to reach an agreement with Madrid.
The Gunners wanted the option to make the transfer permanent next summer but refused to agree to Madrid’s £14million asking price.
Liverpool immediately revived their interest and now the loan transfer is on the brink of being completed. There won’t be an option to buy him.
As one midfielder prepares to arrive at Anfield, Jay Spearing could be on his way out.
The Academy graduate, who started against Hearts last night, is wanted by Bolton Wanderers and talks with the Championship club are ongoing.
The Trotters have offered to take him on a season-long loan or pay £2million to make the deal permanent.
However, Liverpool value him at £3million and the club are considering their options.