Liverpool have taken a step towards solving their centre-back problems by completing the signing of Ben Davies from Preston North End.
The 25-year-old underwent a medical on Monday before signing for an initial fee believed to be in the region of £500,000, plus structured add-ons.
Jurgen Klopp is also closing in on Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, with the two clubs close to agreeing an initial £1m loan fee with the option to buy for £18m at the end of the season.
Preston will benefit from a 20% sell-on clause on any profit Liverpool make on any further transfer of Davies and also any England appearance.
The Lilywhites will also get the 19-year-old defender Sepp Van Den Berg on loan for free, with the first option for a loan next season should he start a certain percentage of matches in the current campaign.
Davies, a left-footed centre-back, was in the final six months of his contract and it had been expected he would sign a pre-agreement with Celtic to join them in the summer.
However, it emerged the reigning Scottish champions, currently 23 points behind Rangers at the top of the table, were planning to make a deadline-day offer to Preston and that prompted Liverpool to make their move.
Fellow Premier League sides Burnley and Sheffield United were also interested but Preston did not want to sell to their local rivals, and it is understood the player was not interested in either club due to their style of football.
Bournemouth, six points ahead of Preston in sixth place in the Championship, also wanted Davies as part of a double deal with Ben Pearson but only managed to sign the Lilywhites’ midfielder last week.