Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Make Right Move in Purchase of Coutinho

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2013

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 02:  Philippe Coutinho (R) of Inter and Ezequiel Munoz of Palermo compete for the ball during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale Milano and US Citta di Palermo at San Siro Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)
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The third time was the charm for Liverpool.

After multiple pursuits, it looks as though the Reds finally got their man.

According to the Daily Mirror, Inter Milan has agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool.

"Reports on Saturday morning suggested the Reds had re-structured their offer for the Inter Milan playmaker in a bid to stave off interest from Southampton."

The Mirror reports that Coutinho will make the trip to Liverpool next week for a physical and to take care of other necessary business to make the transfer official.

ESPN's Mike Whalley reports the deal is worth £8.5 million, which would make this signing the Reds' second during the transfer window.

Inter Milan is also confirming the move, as president Massimo Moratti told Sky Sports the club is looking to use the cash from the Coutinho move to bolster the Black and Blues. 

In 10 Serie A games this season, Coutinho has one goal, but a change of scenery could do the 20-year-old Brazilian some good.

At just 20, Coutinho has plenty of time to develop into the star people are hoping he will become, especially while playing alongside Luis Suárez.

Coutinho is a versatile midfielder who can handle the forward spot, making him a great fit for the Reds.

Liverpool is currently No. 7 in the English Premier League table, owning 34 points and trailing EPL-leading Manchester United by 22 points in the standings.

With the Reds looking to make a Champions League push, the playmaking abilities of Coutinho should serve Liverpool well down the stretch.

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