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Reds land second target

Last Updated: Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:03
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Brendan Rodgers has made his second capture of the summer after landing Germany-Under-21 international Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen.

The Reds have had an offer agreed "in principle" for the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, he had a buyout clause of £9.75m, and the 20-year-old has agreed terms at Anfield, although the deal will not be able to be confirmed officially until July 1.

There had been a speed bump surrounding the deal as Bayern Munich, who sold Can to Leverkusen last summer for £4.4m, had the first option to buy him back, but they have now been compensated to the tune of £1.2m for waiving that option.

Can becomes the second signing in the space of a few days after Rodgers completed the £4m move for Southampton's Rickie Lambert on Monday as he continues to strengthen the side ahead of a Champions League campaign next season.

Bayer's CEO Michael Schade has wished the midfielder well at Liverpool, saying: "Emre Can developed very well and very quickly at Leverkusen over the last 12 months.

"We would like to have kept him here but the release clause was a part of his contract. Therefore we wish him every success for his development in the Premier League."

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