Liverpool have announced the signing of Schalke centre-back Ozan Kabak on loan until the end of the season.
Reports suggest that the Reds will pay a €2.5m (£2.2m) fee upfront to keep him until the summer, when they will have the option to buy the Turkish international for £18m (plus add-ons).
Kabak was not the only centre-back that the Premier League champions tried to sign on deadline day. It is believed two bids were knocked back for Sporting Braga defender David Carmo, while there were claims in France that a £20m offer was rejected by Marseille for Duje Caleta Car.
It seems, therefore, that Kabak may not be Liverpool’s first choice, but it isn’t a huge risk considering they are under no obligation to purchase the 20-year-old when the campaign is over.
With Ben Davies also arriving in a cut-price deal from Preston North End, manager Jurgen Klopp will be delighted to have reinforced his options in the centre of defence.