By Harvey Byrne
Stan Collymore has hailed the reported signing of midfielder Naby Keita after it was claimed that Liverpool had agreed a club-record deal to sign him next summer.
Times correspondent Paul Joyce reported via his personal Twitter account on Monday afternoon that the Reds had agreed a club-record transfer of the 22-year-old from RB Leipzig after he underwent a medical earlier in the day.
Keita having medical today. Officially joins on July 1, 2018.
Lvpl paid premium now on top of next summer’s £48million release clause.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) August 28, 2017
The news has understandably been greeted with delight and excitement from those associated with Liverpool after long reported negotiations throughout the summer between the Merseysiders and the Bundesliga runners-up.
That included the outspoken Collymore, who claimed via his personal Twitter account that it was a “superb” piece of business and they should next go for Southampton’s centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) August 28, 2017
Van Dijk, 26, has been made to train with the Southampton Under-23s after refusing to play for the south coast club in any of their first four league and cup matches amid reported interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.
However, the Saints are also adamant that their centre-back star will still be a Southampton player beyond the current transfer window.
That means Liverpool may have to look at other options and they are also currently being linked with an ambitious move for young AS Monaco attacking star Thomas Lemar.
In other Liverpool transfer news, a report has detailed some obstacles in the Reds’ ambitious move for this prolific attacker.