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Rodgers set for Liverpool appointment

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Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers is poised to be announced as the new Liverpool boss within the next 48 hours, according to reports.

The BBC claim Rodgers, 39, will agree a three-year contract at Anfield, with Liverpool handing between £4 million and £5 million in compensation to Swansea.

The Reds are on the hunt for a new head coach after they sacked Kenny Dalglish at the end of the 2011-12 season following poor home form in the Premier League.

A host of managers have been linked with the vacant post, with Wigan's Roberto Martinez recently thought to be the favourite for the role after holding talks with the club's owners FSG in Miami.

However, it appears that the Spaniard has dropped back in the race after expressing concerns about working under the proposed management structure at Anfield, with FSG intent upon appointing a director of football to oversee footballing affairs.

Swansea's Rodgers has thus emerged as the leading contender, and reports claim a compensation deal with his current side is being worked on ahead of an appointment in the next 48 hours.

Rodgers took over at Swansea in 2010 and subsequently led the club to the Premier League. His team's passing style of football secured an 11th placed finish in the top flight this term.

Martinez, meanwhile, is due to meet with Wigan owner Dave Whelan in Guernsey on Wednesday after his flight got delayed.

He is now heavily linked with the Aston Villa vacancy - for which Paul Lambert had previously been favourite - but Whelan says he has received "no contact" from anyone at Villa.

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