By Dominic Toner
Middlesbrough have agreed an £8million deal for Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic, according to a report.
The Daily Express reported last month that Liverpool had shown their interest in the player and they are now in the market for a new centre-back following a spate of injuries that has left them without Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez for the start of the season.
The Mail Online report that Middlesbrough have swooped for the £8million Serbian defender and he will link up with the newly-promoted side subject to a work permit.
The defender announced last month that he would be leaving German giants Dortmund this summer and a transfer to the Premier League seemed his most likely destination.
During his Dortmund spell he has made 192 appearances, scoring 15 times and only receiving one red card.
Now that a reunion with former manager Jurgen Klopp is not on the cards he will be focused on keeping his new side in the Premier League next season.
Liverpool will turn their attention elsewhere as they have been left with just two fit senior centre-backs in their squad in Dejan Lovren and new signing Joel Matip.
Slovakian Martin Skrtel ended his eight year affiliation with the club on Thursday after signing for Fenerbahce for £5.5million, Kolo Toure was released in June and Sakho is set to miss the start of the league campaign after sustaining an achilles injury.
Andre Wisdom had been expected to leave this summer in search of regular football but a move could be put on hold until a new defender is secured.
In other Liverpool transfer news, manager Klopp will wrap up a £30million-plus transfer after a bid was submitted.