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Reds to fend off Spurs' Willian bid

ESPN staff
August 19, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
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Liverpool are pushing ahead with their bid to sign Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala in the face of interest from Tottenham, sources have told ESPN.

Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring in Willian, 25, who Anzhi are prepared to sell for around £28 million.

Liverpool have opened talks with Anzhi, but ESPN sources confirmed Spurs are also ready to meet the asking price.

Willian - who only moved to Anzhi from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in January - told ESPN Brasil last week that he would welcome a move to Liverpool, describing them as a "great club".

He is expected to make a decision on his future later this week, with Anzhi ready to sell him as they look to cut costs, having been bankrolled for the last two years by billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov.

Meanwhile, Aly Cissokho, the Valencia left-back, is expected on Merseyside for a medical later on Monday.

Liverpool agreed a deal in principle with the Spanish club on Friday to sign Cissokho on a season-long loan deal.

"We have reached a loan agreement, with an option to buy on Liverpool's part," Valencia president Amadeo Salvo said after the club's 1-0 opening day win against Malaga. "The kid will travel tomorrow [Sunday] to Liverpool for a medical, if that goes well then the transfer will be made official. The option to buy can be taken at the end of the season."

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