Liverpool are set to announce the signing of Serbian striker Milan Jovanovic from Standard Liege, according to the Times. Jovanovic is out of contract in the summer and is believed to have signed a pre-contract agreement with the Anfield club.
Jovanovic was reportedly being chased by AC Milan amongst others so this appears to be a good piece of business for Liverpool. Jovanovic is 28 years of age and he has a total of 23 national caps. He was also Serbia’s top goal-scorer in their successful World Cup qualification campaign, with 5 goals.
Jovanovic is able to play on the left wing but plays mainly as a striker. He has been a prolific striker in the Belgian league averaging nearly a goal every other game, reaching double figures already this season. He was also on the score sheet in a 3-2 defeat against Arsenal in the Champions League earlier this season.
The signing will come as good news to Liverpool fans as it is a sign of Rafa Benitez planning for next season. This will help to allay fears of the Spaniard leaving for Juventus at the end of the season. Liverpool have also been strongly linked to another out of contract striker, Marouane Chamakh, as Benitez looks to freshen up his squad with limited funds.
Jovanovic has scored 10 goals in 19 league appearances so far this season.