Liverpool set sights on Valencia star

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Liverpool are once again being linked with a move for Valencia midfielder Ever Banega.

The Argentine international has appeared on the Anfield radar on several occasions, and now new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is being linked with a move for the player as a potential replacement for Javier Mascherano.

The Reds' defensive midfielder has been linked with an Anfield exit since the departure of Rafael Benitez, and Corriere dello Sport reports that Mascherano is keen to rejoin the Spaniard at European Champions Inter Milan. states that Hodgson has already drawn up a list of potential replacements, with 22-year-old Banega one of the players penciled down.

A product of the Boca Juniors youth setup, Banega made his senior debut as a teenager in 2007 and impressed during his one year at the hometown club.

Valencia would pay €18 million for his services in January '08, although a loan to Atletico Madrid followed the next season after failing to settle at the Mestalla.

Banega returned to Los Che last season, producing some fine performances as the club secured a Champions League spot for the coming season.

Financial difficulties at the club have seen several stars leave this summer, with David Villa and David Silva two high-profile examples.

The situation means that any player could leave the club, should an acceptable offer be made, and Liverpool could test the water this summer with a fee in the region of £10 million.

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