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Liverpool face Everton battle for £8m La Liga star

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Liverpool look as if they will face a battle with fierce rivals Everton for the signing of Keylor Navas, with reports suggesting that both Merseyside clubs are scouting the Levante goalkeeper ahead of summer moves.

The Sunday People reports that the La Liga outfit are willing to sell the £8 million-rated 'stopper in the summer, with his contract at the Ciutat de València due to expire in 2015.

27-year-old Navas joined Levante from Albacete in 2012 after a successful loan spell and has made 101 saves and kept 10 clean sheets in 23 La Liga appearances so far this season.

He is a player that English fans should become familiar with in a few months time, with Navas likely to start in goal for Costa Rica against the Three Lions in their Group D clash in Belo Horizonte on July 24.

Liverpool, who narrowly lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the fifth-round of the FA Cup at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, signed current number one Simon Mignolet from Sunderland during the summer.

However, while the Belgian enjoyed a solid start to his career at Anfield, he has gone on to make one or two high-profile mistakes in the Premier League and it is certainly feasible that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could be seeking to provide some quality competition.

Everton, meanwhile, possess arguably one of the most stable and reliable goalkeepers in the country in the form of American international Tim Howard, but at 34 it could be suggested that he is quickly heading towards the twilight of his career.

Roberto Martinez did bring Spaniard Joel Robles with him to Goodison Park after his own move to Everton from Wigan during the summer, so any move for Navas would surely cast his future into considerable doubt.

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