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Liverpool face Spanish battle for £13 million midfielder

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Real Madrid have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila but will wait until the summer, according to reports in Spain.

Newspaper AS are reporting that Jose Mourinho wants to bring the French international to the Bernabeu as a replacement for the Barclays Premier League bound Lassana Diarra.

Liverpool have been linked with the 20-year-old’s signing after Roy Hodgson travelled to Wembley to watch him play against France.

M’Vila impressed then and Liverpool were thought to want to make their move in the January transfer window.

Madrid, though, want to swoop for him in the summer, with Rennes demanding £13 million for him – a figure that will not but Florentino Perez off.

And the Spanish giants’ cause will be aided by recent comments from the player stating he wishes to stay with the Ligue 1 club until the end of the season at least.

“I am under contract with Stade Rennais until 2014. I’ll be at Rennes next year. At the end of the season, I’ll have had two full seasons in Ligue 1,” he said.

However, with Liverpool still searching for the player that can replace Xabi Alonso as the holding midfielder at Anfield, they will continue tracking him.

And Liverpool owner John W Henry has also admitted he does not believe they can strengthen properly in January so may prefer a summer battle with the seven-time European champions.

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