Liverpool Close In On £9m Deal for Sunderland Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet: Daily Soccer Report

Liverpool are holding talks over a potential £9million deal to sign Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The Belgium goalkeeper would be a fine addition to the Anfield squad and would give Liverpool goalkeepers Pepe Reina and Brad Jones serious competition for the starting spot at the club.

Here’s what the Salut! Sunderland blog says about his pending departure:

“If Simon Mignolet does leave, I am sure it is with the best wishes of all true Sunderland fans. The penalty save at The Sports Direct Arena [against Newcastle], the string of brave saves against Manchester City and the way that he kept us in the derby game in April, will live long in the memory.

“He was thrown in at the deep end [when he joined Sunderland] as Craig Gordon was not fit and he did struggle at first. He was criticised for not building a good enough wall, thereby allowing Ryan Taylor to curl home the winning free kick for the Mags. He recovered from that and had a decent season – the odd mistake, a little bit of indecision and areas where his game could improve.

“Improve it did. The arrival of better central defenders in Wes Brown and John O’Shea helped him and, although injury ruled him out for two months, he came back for that epic win over Manchester City and had a blinder.”

What are your thoughts about Mignolet? Will he be a good transfer buy for Liverpool? And will he be able to unseat Pepe Reina from the starting spot? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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