Liverpool are closing in on a deal to bring Algerian central defender Aissa Mandi to the club.

BeIN SPORTS Commentator and former Algerian international Hafid Derradji took to his personal Twitter to claim “Algerian international Issa Mandi, Spain’s Betis player is close to signing for Liverpool FC. Little details prevent this so far.”

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The deal, which has been rumoured for a number of days, appears to be moving towards a possible conclusion, as Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp aims to reinforce his defensive options following the departure of Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg.

Mandi made 30 appearances for Real Betis during 2019/20 and is an established international with Algeria. It is believed the La Liga could side sanction any sale as the club look to raise funds to allow new boss Manuel Pellegrini money to bring in his own targets.

A deal worth around £9million wouldn’t break the bank of a seemingly frugal Liverpool spending plan this summer, especially as they received almost £12 million in the sale of Lovren.

The departure of Lovren has left the Premier League champions with three established centre-backs and both Joe Gomez and Joel Matip suffering from a more than a few injuries in the recent past, there can be no doubt additional cover is required.