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Jimmy Rice 26 June 2008
Liverpool Football Club expect to complete the signing of left-back Andrea Dossena next week, Chief Executive Rick Parry has confirmed.
A deal to bring the 26-year-old Udinese defender to Anfield is almost tied up and is likely to be confirmed on the club's official website shortly.
Parry said: "We are now ready to confirm the signing of Dossena. The deal should go through next week after finalising the paperwork."
The full-back, who has one Italy cap to his name, will become the second new addition to Rafa Benitez's squad following the free transfer of Swiss defender Philipp Degen.
Dossena is seen as an ideal replacement for John Arne Riise, who departed for Serie A side Roma last week.
Parry continued: "John was an incredibly enthusiastic defender who was always a great pro.
"He worked hard and never gave us a minute's trouble. The fans will remember that powerful shot of his that brought them to their feet on many occasions.
"We had a good chat about his time here and he wants to thank the fans for the support he was given down the years. He secured Champions League and FA Cup success at Anfield and also helped us win the Worthington Cup and two European Super Cups."
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