Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool are closing in on a deal for Spartak Moscow midfielder Romulo as Brendan Rodgers looks to spruce up his options in midfield, according to the Metro.

The midfielder is known for his passing abilities and will provide great cover for Lucas Leiva who is currently out with injury. The defensive midfielder can also play in the back four and his versatility will allow Rodgers to concentrate on strengthening other areas of the field in order to stay in the hunt for a place in the top four.

The midfielder was initially planned to be brought in during the summer but Rodgers has decided to bring the move forward with Leiva injured and his team struggling to cope without a midfielder screening their defence. Their performance against Aston Villa was testament to Liverpool's failure to track runs from midfield and it was only after the introduction of the Brazilian that they were able to come back into the game.

Liverpool are expected to make a starting bid of £7m for the Brazilian, who has eight caps thus far for his country. However, Moscow are expected to hold out for £10m and preferably wait till the end of the season when more clubs will be interested in his services.

Arsenal and Barcelona were previously linked with the player, along with Chelsea who have been scouting the midfielder for quite some time.

Meanwhile, Rodgers has revealed that he is not desperate to bring in players in the January transfer window and is ready to blood his young guns than spend money on players who will not improve their squad.

"The club has been working hard on a number of targets. I know the club has been working very hard to get players in. I'll leave that to them and see how they can get on. This is a brilliant club and we try to get players in that fit for the club for now," he told

"We need players that can come in now and help us. January is a very difficult market. The team has improved over the last year, so it's hard to bring in players in this window that can improve the team. I'd rather wait and look at our young players than just bring in one or two squad players," he concluded.