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Liverpool FC will launch a £25million swoop for Benfica winger Lazar Markovic after wrapping up a deal for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana.
England international Lallana arrived at Melwood to undergo a medical and sort out personal terms on Friday after the clubs agreed a fee of £23million plus add-ons.
The 26-year-old is set to pen a four-year contract and the formalities should be completed over the weekend with an official announcement due on Monday.
Lallana will become Liverpool's third summer signing following the £4million deal for fellow Saints star Rickie Lambert and the £10million purchase of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can.
Brendan Rodgers is eyeing more attacking reinforcements with the manager now set to turn his attentions to highly-rated Serbian youngster Markovic.
The 20-year-old was heavily scouted by Liverpool last season and had been lined up initially as a possible alternative to Lallana if an agreement couldn't be reached with Southampton.
However, despite landing Lallana, the Reds are set to press on and open talks with Benfica.
Liverpool haven't been put off by the £25million price tag and are confident of making another statement of intent ahead of the new campaign.
Markovic, who is understood to be keen on making the switch to Anfield, joined Benfica from Partizan Belgrade last summer and helped them clinch the Portuguese title.
The pursuit of Markovic means that the Reds are unlikely to follow up their interest in Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri, who caught the eye with a hat-trick for Switzerland against Honduras at the World Cup earlier this week.
Liverpool also look set to beat off competition from Tottenham for Lille's teenage Belgium international striker Divock Origi.
However, if the Reds do secure the 19-year-old's services they will loan him back to Lille for the 2014/15 season.
Southampton's Dejan Lovren and Sevilla's Albert Moreno remain the club's top defensive targets but neither of those deals are close to completion.
Talks over Moreno have stalled with the La Liga outfit refusing to budge on their £20million valuation.