Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Aissa Mandi from Real Betis, according to reports.

The centre-back has been identified as a replacement for Dejan Lovren, who called time on his six-year spell at Liverpool to join Zenit St Petersburg last week. 

The deal generated around £11m for the Reds and Liverpool are on the hunt for more defensive cover, with Mandi emerging as an affordable transfer option.

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