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Dani Parejo Reuters

Liverpool are already planning for next season and according to reports they are ready to launch a £20m bid they are confident will secure the signing of Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo.

The 24-year-old Spanish midfielder is proving to be a sensation in La Liga this campaign. Despite struggling to deliver an impact under former manager Miroslav Djuckic in the first half of the season, he was handed a leading role by new boss Juan Antonio Pizzi following his appointment in December and has responded by aiding his team's cause with two goals and three assists.

Manager Brendan Rodgers will reportedly have £60m to bolster his squad should the Reds secure Champions League football and he has earmarked the Spaniard as his first summer target.

Indeed, Valencia-based newspaper Super Deporte report the Liverpool boss is set to make a £20m offer to secure the services of the former Real Madrid midfielder.

The same newspaper claimed last week that Liverpool had already approached Valencia to enquire about a possible summer sale, with the Spanish side unwilling to negotiate a deal that doesn't meet the midfielder's release clause, understood to be in the region of £30m.

However, Super Deporte add that Valencia may be tempted to accept £20m due to their critical economic situation which recently forced the club to part ways with Sergio Canales and Ever Banega.

Rodgers is desperately trying to add a midfielder to his squad after Lucas Leiva's injuries left him short of options earlier in the season.

He has also being linked with Sevilla star Ivan Rakitic but after his chief scout Barry Hunter watched Parejo during Valencia's 2-1 victory over Granada he has now seemingly made Parejo his first choice.

Parejo's versatility in both creative and defensive roles allows him to provide cover in all areas for Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen and even Lucas Leiva while his short loan spell at Queens Park Rangers during the 2008-2009 season may help him in his adaptation to Anfield.