Liverpool are reported to have agreed terms with Spanish side Villareal to sign Dutch international Jan Kromkamp when the transfer window reopens next week. The deal would see Reds right-back Josemi return to his native country as part of a swap deal.
The only stumbling block to the deal now, according to the Spanish club, is whether the two players can agree personal terms with their respective new clubs. Villareal released a statement, saying: ""We have reached an agreement with Liverpool for the transfer of Jan Kromkamp and the arrival of Josemi. The agreement is between the clubs and now requires agreement by both players."
Josemi cost Liverpool £2m, whereas Villareal paid around £4.7m for Kromkamp. The terms of the deal have not been announced, but it seems likely that Liverpool will be adding cash to the deal.
The 25-year-old Dutchman has represented his country eight times, but has struggled to get into the Villareal side this season, making just half-a-dozen league appearances. This has upset the player who is desperate to be a part of Holland’s World Cup plans this summer. He has also appeared for Villareal in the Champions League, meaning he’ll be unavailable for selection in that competition if he joins the Reds.
Kromkamp is a right-back or a right-sided midfielder, and would make ideal cover for Steve Finnan.