Liverpool finalized the transfer of Colombian ace on an 18-month loan deal

Liverpool have filled the signing of star Anderson Arroyo from Colombian side Fortaleza CEIF.

The 18-year-old had earlier undergone a trial with the Premier League club, who continued to observe his process before agreeing a deal during the January transfer window.

He has now finalised his move to Anfield, although the full-back will spend the next 18 months on loan at Spanish club Mallorca.

“Liverpool FC can now confirm the completion of the signing of defender Anderson Arroyo, who has immediately moved to Real Mallorca on an 18-month loan deal,”

“Arroyo has departed for a temporary spell in Spain, where he will spend the remainder of this campaign and the whole of the next with Segunda B leaders Mallorca.” – read a statement on the club’s official web page.

Arroyo is a Colombia Under-20 international and played 22 games for his ex-club Fortaleza.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have reportedly been told that it will take a bid of €100m (£89m) to prise Gelson Martins away from Sporting Lisbon at the end of the season.

The Reds are understood to be looking for options to bolster their attack even further after losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona earlier this month, although they are unlikely to consider a move for Martins this month.

The 22-year-old has a €60m (£53.4m) release clause in his current contract, but reports in Portugal have claimed that Sporting can pay the player €1.5m (£1.3m) to increase that to €100m.

The Portuguese outfit are prepared to do that should any club make a move in January, with Liverpool reportedly joined in the race for his signature by Juventus and Bayern Munich.