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Deal close: Liverpool set to announce signing of international defender

Football - FC Schalke 04 v Stoke City - Pre Season Friendly - Kufstein Arena, Kufstein, Austria - 14/15 - 29/7/14 Joel Matip - FC Schalke Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Liverpool fans assembling in the Transfer Tavern were surprised to hear of imminent transfer news today, strangely arriving midway through February.

Goal have stated Liverpool and Joel Matip are set to announce the defender’s signing of a pre-contractual agreement, after the Cameroonian international rejected new terms at Schalke.

23-year-old Matip developed through the youth ranks at Schalke but sees his contract expire this summer. Despite the German side being keen to keep him, Matip himself is ready to move to the Premier League.

It’s reported Matip will arrive at the end of the season on a four-year deal, which sees Liverpool secure a significant deal for one of the Bundesliga’s most respected defenders.

Matip is also extremely versatile, capable of playing at full-back or in defensive midfield as well as his preferred position in the centre of defence, which will prove to be a massive asset for Jurgen Klopp’s new-look Anfield outfit.

Our landlord is excited to see Matip in the Premier League next season, having kept tabs on the African star for the past few years.

Liverpool fans, is this the defender to build a strong base upon? Let us know in the comments below!

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