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Liverpool close in on £12m transfer deal for Olympiakos full-back Tsimikas as Leicester miss out

LIVERPOOL are closing in on the signing of Olympiakos left-back Kostas Tsimikas, according to reports.

Leicester were linked to Tsimikas earlier this week as they search for a replacement for Chelsea target Ben Chilwell.

Liverpool have reportedly beaten Leicester to the £12million signature of Olympiakos left-back Kostas Tsimikas

However, it is believed Liverpool have won the race for the Greek defender and will make him their first signing of the summer in a £11.75million deal.

The Reds have been seeking cover at left-back for first-choice Andy Robertson with midfielder James Milner often required to fill in for the Scotland captain.

The Premier League champions reportedly had a £10million bid rejected for Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis last week.

The relegated Canaries want closer to £20million for the Northern Ireland international and Liverpool are thought to have turned their attention elsewhere as a result.

Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilon, who has spent this season on loan at Sevilla, was also thought to have been considered before the Reds seemingly agreed a deal for Tsimikas.

The Greece international impressed against Wolves in the Europa League last-16 on Thursday and has seven assists in 46 appearances in all competitions this season.

Goal reports the 24-year-old is expected to complete his Anfield medical early next week with an official announcement to be made soon after.

The arrival of Tsimikas could signal the departure of 19-year-old left-back Yasser Larouci, who was linked with newly-promoted Leeds and Championship side Brentford last month.

Liverpool have already seen Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana depart the club this summer for Zenit Saint Petersburg and Brighton respectively.

Tsimikas impressed against Wolves in the Europa League last-16

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