Ragnar Klavan’s medical at Liverpool is under way ahead of his £4.2million move from Augsburg.
The vastly-experienced Estonia international has been brought in as cover at centre-back as Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez both currently have injuries and Tiago Ilori, who could have been a fall-back option, is heading to the Olympics with Portugal.
Klavan has over 100 caps for his country and has had four seasons in the Bundesliga and manager Jurgen Klopp sees him as the ideal man to offer back-up and leadership in much the same way as Kolo Toure did before his departure this summer.
It is understood a deal for Klavan is likely to be concluded on Wednesday.
Klopp’s new first-choice centre-back for the coming season Joel Matip escaped serious injury to his ankle in Sunday’s friendly win at Wigan.
The Cameroon international, a free transfer signing from Schalke, sustained bruising to the joint and while he is unlikely to play in Wednesday’s friendly at Huddersfield he will be on the flight to the United States the following morning as the club’s tour of America begins.