LIVERPOOL have been given the go ahead to sign defender Jonas Hector from Cologne after his agent admitted they’d talk with interested clubs.
Hector, 25, has scored four goals in 116 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit since making his debut for them back in 2012 but he is now being heavily linked with a move to Anfield.
The left-back is believed to be available for around £12million, and his agent, Rainer Derber, revealed he is ready for a fresh challenge.
Derber told German publication Kicker: “We’ve discussed our course of action with the Cologne hierarchy before the winter break.
“Cologne already reacted to Jonas’ potential transfer with the signing of (Filip) Mladenovic.
“Upon consultation with FC Cologne we are allowed to talk to interested clubs, but this won’t happen before the Bundesliga final.”
Derber’s remarks reinforced Cologne manager Peter Stoger’ comments at the end of last month when he admitted that “if Jonas Hector says that he doesn’t want to stay here, we’d have to face up to it.”
Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn is also on Liverpool’s radar this summer.
Though Horn, 22, is in no hurry to leave Cologne at this stage, a release clause in his contract worth around £7m could prompt his departure if the Reds were to meet this valuation.