LFC set to conclude genius £8m 'swap deal' out of nowhere

Andrew Robertson

Hull have agreed a fee with Liverpool for midfielder Kevin Stewart, Sky sources understand.

After seeing their opening offer of around £57 million rejected last week, the Reds have seen an improved bid suffer a similar fate, with RB Leipzig turning down £66 million.

However, the prospect of playing for Liverpool is highly appealing for Andrew Robertson, who is looking to take the next step in his career.

The Reds will pay an initial £8m for the 23-year-old, who has been extensively scouted over the past two seasons and has rebuffed interest from Newcastle, West Bromwich Albion, Watford, as well as Burnley, to strengthen Jurgen Klopp's rearguard.

Effectively, we're offloading an unwanted, unneeded midfielder and securing a talented young left-back - at no extra cost.

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Stewart is now set to discuss terms with the Tigers, and is likely to make the move to replace Tom Huddlestone, who joined Derby County for £2 million at the end of last week.

In any case, Burnley have landed Leeds United's Charlie Taylor for a fee to be decided by a tribunal, and the 23-year-old will compete with Stephen Ward for the left back slot.

That said, Liverpool's return to the Champions League means they will be battling on four fronts when the new campaign kicks off next month and Klopp will need a big squad to cope with the demands of domestic and European football. Given Liverpool's increased number of games this season, there will be plenty of opportunities for Robertson to impress.

Stewart made four appearances in the Premier League last season, all as a substitute, and played nine times in all competitions.

Robertson will become Liverpool's third signing of the summer following the additions of Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke.

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