Liverpool's reported pursuit of Fiorentina's Juan Manuel Vargas could be scuppered by Aston Villa, it has been claimed.
According to skysports.com, the Reds have been interested in the acquisition of the Peru captain, but Villa are considering making a formal move for the 27-year-old.
Villa are said to have identified Vargas as a potential replacement for Stewart Downing, who joined Liverpool for £20 million last week.
A versatile left-sided player, Vargas was alleged to have been considered by Liverpool as a potential candidate to fill their problematic full-back position.
It is more likely, however, that Liverpool would have rather Vargas for a more advanced role so, after Downing moved to Anfield, a move for the former would perhaps now be unlikely.
Tottenham are also credited with interest in Vargas as Harry Redknapp looks to bring more incisive forward options to White Hart Lane during the transfer window.
The Spurs boss, however, has been told by chairman Daniel Levy that he must sell before significant investment can be made, with the likes of Robbie Keane and Wilson Palacious tipped to leave the club.
Villa, meanwhile, have also been chasing Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia - a one time target for Liverpool - to succeed Downing.