Transfer news: Liverpool agree fee for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11:  Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet produces a diving stop during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 11, 2012 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Image: Simon Mignolet: Liverpool have reportedly agreed a fee for the Sunderland goalkeeper

Liverpool have agreed a fee in excess of £11m with Sunderland for goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, according to Sky sources.

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Current Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes remains insistent he will see out the remaining year of his contract so there may not be an opening at the Nou Camp. Reina said on Thursday that he planned to see out the three years of his contract - and possibly extend it - but did concede a move to a bigger club would be a "good opportunity". Although there is still more than two months before the transfer window closes, Liverpool could begin the season with two high-profile goalkeepers on their books. That is a potentially tricky situation given that both will want to be first choice in a World Cup year. Manager Brendan Rodgers has said he wants competition in every position throughout his squad and with all the speculation surrounding Reina, it would have been negligent of him not to have lined up an alternative. But it is unclear whether Rodgers wants to start next season with a situation where he has to upset either one of his most experienced and highly-paid players or his new signing.

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