Liverpool have struck a deal with Dutch club Ajax to sign Uruguay forward Luis Suarez.
Liverpool will pay about 23 million pounds for the striker, who starred at the 2010 FIFA World Cup for his country, scoring three goals in six appearances.
The two clubs have been in negotiations throughout the January transfer window and recently Ajax boss Frank de Boer claimed Suarez’s move was a “50-50 chance” of being completed.
“Ajax and Liverpool have reached an agreement over the transfer of Luis Suarez,” a statement on Ajax’s official website confirmed on Friday.
“He will make the move to the English club immediately. The deal is worth up to a total of 26.5 million euros (22.8 million pounds).”
Liverpool will now hope to agree on personal terms with the 24-year-old striker, before he completes a medical and officially signs with the Anfield outfit.
The signing of Suarez is sure to boost Liverpool’s current league position, with the 2005 Champions League winners currently sitting seventh.
Suarez has a prolific scoring record for Ajax, netting 81 goals in 110 Eredivisie appearances for the club and could form a lethal partnership with Fernando Torres.
But for that to happen, Liverpool must hang onto Torres, who has been the subject of big-money bids from Chelsea.