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Napoli ready to permanently sign Reina

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Italian side Napoli are ready to turn Liverpool goalkeeper's Pepe Reina season-long loan move into a permanent one as they prepare to make a formal bid in the summer, reports Sky Sports.

The Spanish international has enjoyed a successful season in Italy with Rafael Benitez's and is reportedly interested in staying there for the long-run, rather than having to return to England with Liverpool.

Reina, who has been The Reds' number-one for many years now, was sent out on loan at the beginning of the season after Brendan Rodgers splashed out and signed Sunderland's number-one Simon Mignolet, and despite several high-profile errors throughout the season, Rodgers believes the Belgium will be his first-choice 'keeper for many years now paving the way for Reina to leave the club on a permanent basis.

The Spaniard is set to return to Anfield in a couple of weeks once the season ends, and it's believed he will sit down and hold talks with Rodgers and the club's board as they aim to seal his future with a permanent move the likely option.

Reina still have two years left on his contract at the Premier League side, but with Napoli keen to sign him, a deal could be wrapped up before the Summer's World Cup, which starts in mid-June.

The 31-year-old has previously been monitored by Spanish giants FC Barcelona, and when Victor Valdes announced his intentions of leaving the Nou Camp this Summer, a move from Liverpool to Barca was on the cards for Reina.

However, since then, the Catalan giants have wrapped up a deal with German outfit Borussia Mönchengladbach for their goalkeeper, Marc-André ter Stegen.

When recently asked about a possible permanent offer being made for Reina, Napoli's Sporting Director, Riccardo Bigon had this to say on the matter.

Speaking to reporters, he said: "Reina is a very important player both on the field and off.

"At the end of the season we will talk with him and Liverpool, we are interested to hold him here.

"He has been fine in Naples, he has a very close relationship with the coach (Rafa Benitez) and also his family has settled very well."

If a permanent deal is struck between the two sides, it will see the end to Reina's nine-year stay at Anfield where he has gone on to make nearly 300 appearances for the Merseyside club.

Reina was signed by Benitez back in 2005 from Spanish side Villareal, and the Spanish manager is keen to sign him once again, but this time, for Napoli.

The shot-stopper has been impressive in Italy so far this season, and even became the first goalkeeper to ever save a Mario Balotelli penalty in a competitive match.

It isn't understood how much Liverpool would want for Reina, but talks are believed to be in place ready for the end of the season.

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