Serbia double act will move to Anfield

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Liverpool are the favourites to sign the Serbian winger Milos Krasic at the end of the season along with his international team-mate Milan Jovanovic who has already agreed to join the club on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Krasic, 25, has one year left on his contract with CSKA Moscow and has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs. He is rated at £10m and has said he will not be signing a new contract with the Russian club. There was interest in him during the January transfer window from Manchester City.

Liverpool have made enquiries about a deal this month although reports in Serbia yesterday that Krasic has signed a pre-agreement to join them do not tally with Fifa rules governing transfers. Liverpool believe they have the upper hand on signing Krasic because of his close friendship with Jovanovic. As well as playing together for Serbia in their successful World Cup qualifying campaign, they started their careers together at Vojvodina. Jovanovic, 28, whose contract with Standard Liège runs outs in the summer, also lived with Krasic when he played for Lokomotiv Moscow earlier in his career.

The two players have been a major part of Serbia's recent success. Jovanovic was the top goalscorer in the World Cup campaign and can play as a striker or on the right wing. Krasic tends to be deployed as a left-winger but can also play in midfield.

Jovanovic said yesterday: "I have yet to undergo a medical but that shouldn't be a problem. I opted to sign for Liverpool because they're one of the biggest teams around in Europe. "

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