Report: Liverpool close in on 28-year-old transfer, player given permission to discuss terms
By Will Butcher
Championship outfit Bristol City could win the race to sign Adam Bogdam from Liverpool, according to a report.
The 28-year-old goalkeeper is heading for the Anfield exit door after being pushed down the pecking order even further by the arrival of Mainz shot-stopper Loris Karius.
It was reported last week that Wigan were close to signing Bogdan after holding talks with the Merseysiders but now The Sun claim that manager Jurgen Klopp has given Bristol City permission to speak to his reserve keeper.
The Bristol Post have reported that The Robins are on the look-out for a new goalkeeper after number one Frank Fielding was ruled out until October due to injury.
The Hungary international has made just six appearances for Liverpool since his free transfer in June 2015 from Bolton.
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He was axed from Liverpool’s Europa League squad in January in favour of rookie Danny Ward, who was recalled from a loan spell at Aberdeen.
Ward is now set to join Huddersfield on loan next season even though he has been handed a new five-year deal at Anfield.
But Klopp will allow Bogdan to leave because he already has a third keeper lined up in former Arsenal man Alex Manninger, 39, who is undergoing a trial with Liverpool.
Bogdan, who began his career at Hungarian side Vasas SC, has also been linked with a move to Championship new-boys Wigan which would see him team up with Jussi Jasskelainen with whom he worked with at Bolton.
Despite a major reshuffle in the goalkeeping department, former Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp has also been busy recruiting outfield players with Sadio Mane, Joel Matip and Marko Grujic all joining Liverpool this window.
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