14 Jun 2013 09:13

Agreement has been reached in principle on the young Celta Vigo forward's £7.7million transfer to Anfield

Take it as Red: Aspas will be a Liverpool player once the paperwork is done Take it as Red: Aspas will be a Liverpool player once the paperwork is done

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Liverpool have agreed a deal in principle to sign Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas.

The transfer, believed to be costing the Reds about £7.7million, will be finalised once the necessary documentation has been completed.

There was a concerning twist on Wednesday when Aspas flew home to Spain without putting pen to paper, but his brother and agent Jonathan insisted there was nothing to worry about.

The 25-year-old should become manager Brendan Rodgers' second signing of the summer, having already brought in Manchester City centre-back Kolo Toure on a free transfer.

Liverpool have been tracking Aspas for some time, and the move has been in the pipeline for the last few weeks.

Celta's successful fight against relegation from the Spanish top flight, which was only completed on the final day of the season earlier this month, held up progress.

Once their future was secured, the Reds were able to advance the deal, although it took slightly longer than expected because of complications at the Spanish end.

Aspas, who scored 12 goals in 34 league appearances last season, was on Merseyside earlier this week for a medical and once that was completed it was just a question of ironing out some red tape issues with Celta.

The forward was identified as a target this summer, before Luis Suarez began publicly courting Real Madrid.

He was intended to play alongside and not replace the Uruguay international, although that seems increasingly unlikely.

Click here to read our La Liga expert's scouting report on Aspas.

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