Late Liverpool interest in South American striker target - reports

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Liverpool, Fulham and Swansea have joined the race to land prospective Blackburn Rovers signing Mariano Pavone according to

The 29-year-old Argentine international striker is believed to have already agreed a three-year deal at Ewood Park, but the deal is yet to be finalised.

The former Real Betis star, who is now available on a free transfer having bought out the remainder of his contract, is growing increasingly frustrated at the fact that negotiations have stalled, and as such is now considering his other options.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has emerged as a surprise suitor on the basis of the array of attacking talent now available to him at Anfield.

Having already completed the capture of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing, Liverpool are now considering a Bosman approach for Pavone - similar to the one recently completed for back-up goalkeeper Alexander Doni - who became the Reds' fourth signing of the summer.


Fulham and Swansea have also been credited with an interest, but Rovers boss Steve Kean remains the favourite to land Pavone's signature despite the latest setback.

The player's British-based agent Barry McIntosh confirmed that there were a number of options available to Pavone.

"Yes, there are a number of clubs looking at Mariano, obviously I cannot name them at this stage," he told

"The Blackburn situation is frustrating for Mariano, but as they made the move first we are willing to give them every chance to finalise the move.

"Mariano is a big fan of Steve Kean, he was very impressed with him and would love the chance to play for him. But we have to consider Mariano's future and we are aware of the interest from elsewhere."

Liverpool are clearly the most high-profile of the English club's reportedly monitoring the situation, and although the Reds are unable to offer European football going into the 2011-12 campaign, the prestige of playing for such an illustrious club could be enough for Pavone to reconsider his next move.

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