Liverpool are considering a move for Valencia midfielder Sofiane Feghouli at the end of the season, according to the Mirror. The 23-year-old has featured regularly for the Spanish side and has started 28 games in all competitions this season, scoring six goals and registering five assists.
The report suggests Liverpool's scouts have been monitoring Feghouli and the Merseyside club are looking to take advantage of Valencia's financial crisis. The Spanish side are believed to be willing to listen to offers in the summer but say they will accept nothing below £13m for the Algerian international. Brendan Rodgers, however, believes a deal for £9m is possible.
Feghouli signed a contract extension earlier this year and his deal with Valencia runs to 2016. The ex-Grenoble man has expressed his desire to continue with the La Liga outfit but the club's financial worries, coupled with a poor run in the league, could force him to leave the Mestalla at the end of the season.
Another Mirror report claims the Reds were interested in signing the Algerian during the winter transfer window. And should they return in the summer, the Anfield club will likely have to compete with Ligue 1 giants Paris St Germain, which could be a problem. PSG will certainly have no trouble matching the asking price for the player and equally certainly will have no trouble taking it beyond the Reds' financial limits.
Rodgers will be aware that Feghouli could be a vital acquistion. The midfielder is young but comes with considerable experience, in Spain and Europe.
AVB: Suarez is Tremendous
Meanwhile, Tottenham face Liverpool in a weekend Premier League tie (read IBTimes UK preview here) and Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has hailed Luis Suarez' ability to deliver when his side need him to. The Portuguese boss believes the Reds forward could be the difference between the two clubs on Sunday.
"He [Suarez] is a tremendous player. He is making the difference. He is a top player and is almost taking the team on his shoulders with his goal-scoring ability. He is someone we must be wary of. He had a tremendous game at White Hart Lane and we have to be careful with his strengths," AVB told Goal.com.