Liverpool and Sunderland have agreed a deal thought to be worth about £20m for midfielder Jordan Henderson.
The 20-year-old England international will now travel to Liverpool for a medical and to discuss personal terms.
"A fee has been agreed with Liverpool for Jordan Henderson and he travels to Anfield with the club's blessing," said a Sunderland statement.
The Anfield club hope a deal can be finalised before Henderson joins England's Under-21 squad on Wednesday for the European Championships. Liverpool striker David Ngog, 22, could move in the opposite direction as part of the deal, but that has yet to be confirmed.
Henderson came to prominence as Steve Bruce's Sunderland made a fine start to the season and was rewarded with an England call-up by coach Fabio Capello.
He won his first full England cap in the friendly defeat by France at Wembley in November. Henderson will become Kenny Dalglish's first signing since being named permanent manager at the club.
Henderson's potential acquisition fits in with Liverpool's policy under Kenny Dalglish, director of football Damien Comolli and owners Fenway Sports Group to pursue young, and preferably English, talent.
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