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09 August 2020 20:55

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Liverpool on brink of signing left-back Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos in £12m deal after ending Jamal Lewis chase

Liverpool are close to signing Olympiakos left-back Kostas Tsimikas for an £11.75m fee. The 24-year-old has been one of the Greek side's star performers this season as they stormed to their 45th Greek Super League title and were knocked out of the Europa League round-of-16 by Wolves. Liverpool moved for Tsimikas after they were unable to agree a fee with Norwich City for Jamal Lewis in their pursuit of a deputy for Andy Robertson. Liverpool have been watching Tsimikas for a long time, as they believe he has the quality to develop into a world-class defender and also thinks he represents great value in the current economic climate. Tsimikas (r) was knocked out of the Europa League round of 16 by Wolves this week The summer transfer window will run for 10 weeks from July 27 and close at 11pm on October 5.

A domestic-only window for trades between the Premier League and EFL then runs from October 5 and closes on Friday, October 16 at 5pm. Kostas Tsimikas looks set to swap Piraeus for Merseyside (Picture: Getty Images) Liverpool are in advanced talks with Olympiakos left-back Kostas Tsimikas as they close in on a £13m deal for the Greece international. The Reds had been linked with a move for Norwich City's Jamal Lewis, but their offers were rebuffed so they have turned their attention to the Olympiakos man. The 24-year-old has been at Olympiakos since 2015 and has spent time on loan in Denmark with Esbjerg and Netherlands with Willem II before cementing a place in the first team with the Greek side. Tsimikas started 13 league games last season and 27 this campaign, while he has also racked up plenty of European experience, playing 12 Champions League and four Europa League matches this season.

He has played plenty of English opposition this season, with Olympiakos taking on Tottenham twice in the Champions League group stage, knocking Arsenal out of the Europa League in the last 32 and then being beaten by Wolves in the last 16. However, it looks like the Premier League champions are set to win the race for his signature. Liverpool are close to adding depth at left-back after nearing a deal to sign Olympiacos left-back Kostas Tsimikas. The Premier League champions moved forward with their plans to sign Tsimikas after Norwich City refused to budge on their valuation of Jamal Lewis, according to The Independent's Melissa Reddy. Reddy continued by claiming Liverpool are close to signing Tsimikas for €13 million (£11.75m).

The Greek international is expected to fly into Merseyside for a medical early next week. Reddy's report claims that Jurgen Klopp was "enthused" to work with Norwich's Lewis, who made 28 appearances in the Premier League this season. Norwich rejected the Reds' opening £10m bid for Lewis and when they demanded at least double that fee, Liverpool decided to pursue Tsimikas. The 24-year-old was one of four candidates Liverpool were considering to improve their left-back options, according to the Independent. It's a shame for Lewis, who The Athletic's James Pearce claims was "desperate" to play for Liverpool.

Tsimikas made his Olympiacos debut in 2015 and spent part of the 2016/17 season on loan at Danish club Esbjerg. A more complete video of Tsimikas' highlights, available in a YouTube video titled 'Kostas Tsimikas - Welcome to Liverpool', gives fans an idea of what to expect from the left-back. It looks like he might provide serious competition to Andy Robertson. A thread about Tsimikas recently emerged on Twitter, giving Liverpool fans more details about him. "The full-back is also known for being extremely quick down the left-flank, allowing for overlapping runs from his left-sided forward, much like the relationship between Robertson and Sadio Mane," the thread, written by @TheVirgilEffect, reads.

"Much like Liverpool's two famous full-backs, and everyone else in Klopp's team, Tsimikas has a phenomenal work rate. Liverpool are on the brink of signing Olympiakos left-back Kostas Tsimikas in a deal worth around £12million, after ending their pursuit of Norwich defender Jamal Lewis, talkSPORT understands. Tsimikas helped his team to the Greek title this season, making 46 appearances in all competitions and providing seven assists. getty 3 Liverpool are set to make Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas their first summer signing getty 3 Liverpool dropped their interest in Jamal Lewis after Norwich demanded £20m for the 22-year-old The Reds have called off the chase for 22-year-old Lewis as the relegated Canaries refused to budge on their valuation of the player. Liverpool had a £10million bid for the Northern Ireland international rejected last week, with Norwich putting a £20m price tag on the young full-back. But the Reds have baulked at that price, moving swiftly onto new targets and are now set to bring 24-year-old Greece international Tsimikas to Anfield instead. Jurgen Klopp is looking for a new left-back to provide cover and competition for Andy Robertson. Tsimikas is valued at £11.75m (€13m) by Olympiakos and is more experienced at the top level than Lewis, having played in the Champions League and Europa League for the Greek giants. And it is understood he could be set for a medical with the Reds this coming week, as Liverpool look to get their first summer transfer over the line. Liverpool must win more than one trophy a season to be considered a 'great' team, says Jason Cundy getty 3 Tsimikas (right) holds off Nicolas Pepe during Olympiakos' win over Arsenal that dumped the Gunners out of the Europa League Tsimikas featured for Olympiakos as they knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League in the round of 32 earlier this season. He was in action again as the Greeks took on Wolves in the last-16, with the Premier League team going through with a 2-1 aggregate victory. Earlier this term he also faced the likes of Bayern Munich and Tottenham in the Champions League group stage. Liverpool are set to make their first summer signing after agreeing a deal to sign Olympiacos left-back Kostas Tsimikas for £11.75million. Standard Sport understands the Reds are yet to agree personal terms with the Greece international, but that is not expected to present any difficulties in getting the deal over the line. The champions' recruitment staff considered Norwich defender Jamal Lewis a perfect fit in terms of ability and character but failed to agree a fee for the Northern Ireland full-back. As such, they have pressed ahead with an £11.75m deal for Tsimikas, which was thrashed out by club officials this week as they search for cover for Andy Robertson. With the 24-year-old looking likely to seal his transfer to Anfield in the next few days, here's everything you need to know about the Greek defender... Unlike several players to come through the youth system at Olympiacos in recent years, Tsimikas was born outside of Athens in the town of Thessaloniki. He joined the Greek giants from Panserraikos in 2014 and swiftly made his senior debut five years ago, coming on a substitute in a Super League clash against AEL Kalloni in December 2015. After seeing first-team opportunities limited, he was loaned to Danish outfit Esbjerg for the 2016/17 season, scoring twice in 13 appearances before heading to Willem II in the Eredivisie. He returned to Olympiacos for the 2018/19 campaign with first-team experience under his belt and has gone on to make 74 appearances over the last two seasons, with 46 of those coming in 2019/20. While the 24-year-old is not blessed with the same athleticism as Robertson, he is a reliable performer and impressed when he helped Olympiacos pull off a shock aggregate victory over Arsenal in the Europa League last-32 in February. He has also looked comfortable when going up against Wolves and Tottenham in Europe this season, suggesting the highly-rated defender would have no such problems adapting to the Premier League. Liverpool/Nike 2/13 Virgil van Dijk Liverpool/Nike 3/13 Jordan Henderson Liverpool/Nike 4/13 Mel Lawley Liverpool/Nike 5/13 Curtis Jones Liverpool/Nike 6/13 Harvey Elliott Liverpool/Nike 7/13 Harvey Elliott, Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones Liverpool/Nike 8/13 9/13 10/13 11/13 12/13 13/13 1/13 The new Nike Liverpool kit... Napoli were backed as the favourites to land Tsimikas earlier this year after his impressive displays in the Champions League caught the eye of visiting scouts. But it appears the lure of playing for a team of Liverpool's stature was too good to turn down and Tsimikas looks set to move to Merseyside ahead of the new season.

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