Liverpool are reported to be close to sealing a deal for Udinese left-back Andrea Dossena.
The 26-year-old will cost the Reds around £8million, having impressed in helping Udine qualify for the UEFA Cup this season.
Udine coach, Pasquale Marino, told Radio Kiss Kiss: "I think that a deal with Liverpool for Dossena is on the way.
"Everything is going smoothly. The requirements are in place and the player has given his consent, because he wants to test himself at an important club after the season he has had.
"Our director general was in England partly because of that just two days ago."
Dossena moved to the Friuli in the summer of 2005, having also played in Serie A for both Verona and Treviso, while he has also won one cap for Italy.