Liverpool to rival Inter Milan for David Villa signature

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Liverpool could rekindle their interest in Barcelona striker David Villa, after Inter Milan stepped up their efforts to sign him, reports talkSPORT.

The 30-year-old Spanish international returned from a nine-month injury lay-off back in August, and as such has been used sparingly by Tito Vilanova at the Nou Camp so far this season.

After starting just one La Liga game in 2012/13, speculation has risen to suggest that Villa is not in the Barca coach's long-term plans, with his contract set to expire in 2014.

According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport Inter are ready to stump up the cash needed to bring him to the San Siro, which could prompt a rival bid from striker-less Liverpool.

Brendan Rodgers is short on attacking options at Anfield, particularly after the recent injury to summer signing Fabio Borini, which has left Luis Suarez as the Reds' only fit striker.

The decision to loan out £35million club-record signing Andy Carroll to West Ham, already looks to have been a strange move, that Rodgers may live to regret if goals continue to dry up on Merseyside.

However, Villa has been a long-term target for Liverpool, and would certainly fit into their renewed playing style, should they be lucky enough to beat Inter Milan to his signature.

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