Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is reportedly edging closer to sealing a move to Liverpool, with the Spaniard set to undergo a medical at Anfield this month.
The 32-year-old Spain international, who left Barcelona this summer after spending 12 years at the Nou Camp, has been out of action since March after picking up a anterior cruciate ligament injury during a La Liga clash against Celta Vigo.
Although he was heavily linked with a move to AS Monaco, the move fell through due to Valdes' injury, and the Ligue 1 side ended up signing Fulham's Maarten Stekelenburg on a season long loan.
Liverpool, who have signed several new players this summer, had been courting the Spaniard all through the summer but were reluctant to make a move due to Valdes' fitness.
Earlier, it was reported that the Reds would be making a move for Valdes in January as the 32-year-old was only expected to be fit in December.
However, now as Valdes, who is believed to be in the final stages of his rehabilitation, has made a faster recovery than expected, Liverpool are keen to quickly snap up the goalkeeper before some other club does.
According to Goal, the Merseysiders, who have reportedly held talks with Valdes' representatives, will be conducting the medical during the international break so that Valdes will be available for Liverpool's Premier League clash against Queens Park Rangers on 19 October.
Although Liverpool already have Simon Mignolet as their first choice goalkeeper, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring a new shotstopper to provide some competition to the Belgian, who has been looking a little slack after making a bright start to his Anfield career.
Meanwhile, Glen Johnson has indicated that he could be leaving Anfield this summer after he revealed that talks with Liverpool over a new contract have gone "very quiet".
Although Liverpool had earlier offered a one-year contract extension to Johnson, the new contract remained unsigned as the right-back was looking to secure a longer deal.
And now the 30-year-old, who will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with other clubs from 1 January, admits that his Anfield career may be over.
"[It's] very quiet," Johnson told the Daily Mail. "I am just concentrating week by week and not thinking about it. Of course [I want to stay]. But like I say I worry about this week, this week and then next week, next week. That is how I live my life."