Liverpool set to capture Sunderland keeper Mignolet

Liverpool are thought to be close to completing the signing of Simon Mignolet from Sunderland, according to BBC Sport.

The Belgian keeper has made 101 appearances for the Black Cats since signing in June 2010 for £2m, and the Stadium of Light outfit are looking at making a healthy profit on the former St Truiden stopper.

Liverpool have made an offer of £8m, but Sunderland’s asking price is around £10m – and consequently a deal is expected to be thrashed out quickly.

With Pepe Reina a target for Barcelona, Brendan Rodgers is looking for a replacement already and Mignolet has enjoyed a growing reputation as one of the Premier League’s best keepers, having kept 11 clean sheets from 40 appearances last season.

The deal could see Kieran Westwood given a chance as Sunderland’s first choice stopper, having impressed during his appearances for the club so far.

The sale of Mignolet would not sit immediately well with Sunderland’s fans, but the money could be used to re-invest in other areas of the squad, with reports earlier this week that Paolo di Canio is not likely to enjoy the large transfer funds made available to previous managers Martin O’Neill and Steve Bruce.

Liverpool are trying to set out their stall in the transfer market early on, having already agreed to sign Man City defender Kolo Toure on a free transfer and Celta Vigo star Iago Aspas, who is expected to join this week for around £7m.

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