Stuttgart nearing Degen swoop

Degen has struggled to make an impact during his time at Anfield

and has made just 13 appearances since his 2008 move from Borussia

Dortmund. He has been informed by new Reds boss Roy Hodgson that he

is free to move on and is now closing on a return to the Bundesliga

with Stuttgart. The club’s general manager Fredi Bobic told ZDF:

“Philipp Degen will arrive for his medical on Friday and, if this

all works out, then he will sign his contract. “We have reached an

agreement with the club and also with the player.” Stuttgart are

keen to follow up the Degen deal with further additions, but Bobic

has expressed surprise that Andre Ayew wants to stay at Marseille.

He added: “We are looking to sign two more players this month. We

feel prepared. “We are surprised to learn that Andre Ayew is

willing to stay on at Marseille since he told us he wouldn’t, so

this is a battle we have lost.”