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Mignolet to be a Liverpool player by midweek

Simon Mignolet

Sunderland’s goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is seen in action playing against during their English Premier league soccer match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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According to multiple reports, including from the BBC and Sunday Times, Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will have a medical at Anfield ahead of a transfer.

The reports set the transfer fee at anywhere between £9-11 million ($13.9-17 million).

It would also displace current Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who has stated his intention to stay at Anfield despite rumors of interest from Spanish sides including Barcelona.

Those reporting say the medical is scheduled for Tuesday, as Mignolet is on vacation in Aruba until Monday. If all goes well, the deal could go through in a matter of days and 25-year-old Belgian would be a Red by midweek.

Sunday Times correspondent Jonathan Northcroft:

BBC chief soccer writer Phil McNulty:

The question now becomes will Liverpool force Pepe Reina out and try to recoup some of the money they spent on Mignolet, or will they keep Reina and have a competition between the two?