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Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Italian full-back Andrea Dossena from Udinese.

The defender is expected to undergo a medical at Anfield on Wednesday, with the Reds keen to push through a £7million deal.

The 26-year-old is due to get married this weekend and Rafa Bentiez wants the final details completed before then.

Udinese were hoping to hold out for £8million for the player, but a compromise between the two clubs has now been reached.

Dossena will become Liverpool's second capture of the summer, joining fellow full-back Philip Degen in completing a move to Merseyside.

The Italian's agent confirmed that the formalities of the transfer were almost complete and expects the deal to go through without any problems.

"Everything is confirmed and we have already exchanged documents via fax," said Federico Pastorello.

"The deal is practically done."

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Dossena's arrival is likely to push John Arne Riise closer to the Anfield exit, with Serie A giants Roma emerging as favourites to capture the Norwegian international.

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_3648542,00.html

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I think its time to open up a thread for this lad, I don't think there will be any problems and he will probably be a Liverpool player in the next few days.
 

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Delighted with this not like there is any better left backs in the market. We can't afford Lahm and Zambrotta is past his sell by date.

Rafa is flawless when finding random names from random clubs and turning them into top defenders.
 

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I actually think this guy is a good player, very dynamic. Price is inflated but clubs know that English teams have money so I guess it can be expected.
 

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A 100000 times better signing than Degen.
 

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Let's not compare him with Degen, the swiss was really poor and injury-prone last season.
 

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Paletta? Josemi? Kromkamp?
Palletta was signed for the future but it did not work out, he struggled to settle. Josemi was signed as back up to Finnan nobody expected him to do anything and Krokamp was used at RM more then RB. Fact is none of them where expected to feature in the first team.

What has cost got to do with anything? Infamous said he was "flawless", I pointed out three examples that were far from flawless.
You point out 3 flops who where hardly even rated, why no point out Skrtle, Agger and Arbeloa who where hardly even rated before they joined Liverpool? Dossana was rated as one of the best full back in Italy last season so we're expecting him to offer something more then Paletta, Josemi and Kromkamp did.
 

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Ghost World's point still stands. Flawless would indicate every signing works out well. Obviously that hasn't happened.
 

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You point out 3 flops who where hardly even rated, why no point out Skrtle, Agger and Arbeloa who where hardly even rated before they joined Liverpool?
If you consider those three to be "top defenders" (and I'm sure you do :rollani:) then that's 3 out of 6. 50% isn't flawless, is it?
 

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Paletta made a move to early and Josemi cost a whooping £1.5million and Kromkamp we got on a free.

On all 3 we made a profit and all 3 where not rated by anyone for them to have been deemed failures. Just back up players for back up players.


Look at Carragher he wasn't deemed top class until Rafa started playing him in the center. Hyypia in the 2005 season was magnificent his best years at Liverpool. Finnan wasn't settled Rafa gave him a chance and there he was 2 times right back of the season winner. Riise was a integral part of a side that reached the final.

With out mentioning his recruitment of young talent from around the globe such as Hobbs,Insua,Sanjose,Barragan etc.

Also the first team players in Agger,Skrtel,Arbeloa,Aurelio.

Who expected Josemi,Kromkamp and Paletta to become first team regulars? The where squad fillers our O'shea and Silvestres if you like.
 

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Delighted with this not like there is any better left backs in the market. We can't afford Lahm and Zambrotta is past his sell by date.

Rafa is flawless when finding random names from random clubs and turning them into top defenders.

i think we were able to sign zambrotta ..
his move to milan cost only 8m , didn`t it ?

But although of that , welcome Dossena :smileani:
 

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Paletta made a move to early and Josemi cost a whooping £1.5million and Kromkamp we got on a free.

On all 3 we made a profit and all 3 where not rated by anyone for them to have been deemed failures. Just back up players for back up players.
It's easy to say that now, but it was very different at the time. Josemi was brought in as your first choice right back, and was "highly rated" in Spain. In fact, Kopite described him as "no-nonsense Spanish fullback". Before he'd kicked a ball the fans seemed to think right back position was sorted.

With out mentioning his recruitment of young talent from around the globe such as Hobbs,Insua,Sanjose,Barragan etc.
We'll see how many of those "talents" become the gems that Rafa Benitez is "flawless" in producing, and how many of them you have to make excuses for in a few years time.

Who expected Josemi,Kromkamp and Paletta to become first team regulars?
Josemi was a first team regular, and Paletta was certainly touted as a future starter. Neither of them were turned into "top defenders", which was the point you tried to make.
 

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Dossena is like Rolando Bianchi, Maccarone, Grabbi. A lot of millions for a mediocre player, overvalued by a module which exalts his run skills. 8 millions for Zaccardo, 12 for Dossena... It means that directors of football in foreign conutry are not able to do it. Many times they are younger former player without managing experience (Mijatovic) or only coaches and no more like in English leagues. In Italy we have strong directors. All of them (obviously not Inter director Branca and new one of Juve Secco, poor them...) are strong managers and they are able to invest money (Corvino, Marino, Lo Monaco, Leonardi, Galliani, Baldini, Lotito (he decides all), Preziosi - he's like Lotito ). I can't immagine what we could do with the same funds of English teams.
 

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Paletta was brought in as one for the future and it didn't work out. That happens a lot of times with players who show promise early on but are unable to fulfill it (Bellion, Kleberson, Pique, Forlan at Man Utd if you want examples).

Josemi started really well and managed to dislodge Finnan from the side, then he got injured and Finnan's form picked up and he seemed to go off the boil.

Kromkamp was one who I really felt could make an impact. But again, Finnan was in good form and he kept getting played out of position. I think he left because he wanted more first team football rather than because he was bad.
 

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In fact, Kopite described him as "no-nonsense Spanish fullback". Before he'd kicked a ball the fans seemed to think right back position was sorted.
Kopite registered over a year after we signed Josemi.


Josemi was a first team regular, and Paletta was certainly touted as a future starter. Neither of them were turned into "top defenders", which was the point you tried to make.
Josemi was 1st team regular for the 1st quarter of the season and Finnan stepped in.Paletta cost hardly anything and was shipped off to Boca in exchange for a promising fullback named Insua.

Both your points are crap, go and have a wank.
 
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