By Wayne Veysey

9th Mar, 2016 | 4:54pm

Deal close: Liverpool attacker transfer draws step nearer after fresh talks

By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini

Joao Teixeira has held a new round of talks with Fiorentina to discuss a summer move, Football Insider sources understand.

The Liverpool attacking midfielder has been by targeted the Serie A club on the recommendation of their manager Paulo Sousa.

Teixeira is poised to leave Anfield at the end of the season after failing to agree an extension to his current deal, which expires in June.

A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the club do not expect him to be at the club next season, and Fiorentina have been alerted to his availability.

The 23-year-old is keen to play regular first-team football and has been made an offer by Fiorentina, who are fourth in Serie A and have high hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

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An agreement is not yet in place but all parties are hopeful that a deal can be concluded for Teixeira to move to Italy on a free transfer.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claimed in January that talks with the winger were “ongoing” and he was hopeful Teixeira would stay at Anfield but that now seems unlikely.

The young winger has made eight appearances for the club, including six earlier this year, scoring his first goal for the Merseysiders in an FA Cup win over Exeter.

In other Liverpool transfer news, the Merseysiders have already clinched a summer deal for Schalke defender Joel Matip.