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BREAKING NEWS:Liverpool in talks to sign Wolves forward Diogo Jota in a £35m deal that could be agreed as early as Saturday.

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“Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Diogo Jota after completing the capture of Thiago Alcântara from Bayern Munich,” Joyce wrote in the Times.

The Athletic‘s James Pearce added: “[There] could be more business between the two clubs with LFC interested in Wolves forward Diogo Jota. Lively few days.”

The 23-year-old, who can play across the front three but prefers coming in from the left or just behind, joined Wolves from Atletico Madrid in 2018.

He scored seventeen goals during his debut season in the Championship, while he has added a further sixteen goals and assisted six others in 67 Premier League appearances since Wolves’ promotion.

Jota was a surprise omission during Wolves’ Carabao Cup defeat at Stoke, having also been an unused substitute for their opening Premier League clash at Sheffield United.

Nuno remained coy over the reason, but his comments now make sense in light of Joyce and Pearce’s reports.

He said: “He wasn’t available, these are decisions we have to make. We have to prepare the squad.

“It was a big turnaround, we have to take care of the players, improve our squad and our team and he was not available for the game. These are our decisions to make.

“He was not on the squad list. There was no confusion. When a player is not on the squad list sometimes they see the match, if they are away, they stay at home.

“It’s because we have a bubble, we have to make a list, all those details. Nothing strange.”

Jota’s arrival at Anfield looks very probable, considering Hoever’s pending move to Wolves and the fact Joyce and Pearce rarely confirm Liverpool’s interest in players unless talks are in somewhat of an advanced stage.