Sevilla full-back Antonio Barragan looks likely to move to Liverpool.
The 18-year-old has yet to play for the Uefa Cup qualifiers but is said to have caught Rafael Benitez's eye with his performances at youth level in Spain.
"He has been negotiating with them for the past six months," confirmed Sevilla sporting director Ramon Rodriguez after Barragan rejected professional terms.
"We tried to keep him but he has freely chosen another route. We have looked after him but he has decided to leave."
Benitez has lured a host of Spaniards to Anfield since moving to Liverpool and Barragan will add competition at right-back for present first-team members Steve Finnan and Josemi.
"The Fifa rules regarding young players who do not have professional contracts have favoured us on many occasions and this time it is Liverpool who have taken advantage of them to take the player," Rodriguez added.