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Feghouli has struggled for first-team action this season.

Manchester United and Liverpool interested in signing Sofiane Feghouli

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Liverpool and Manchester United will clash on the pitch next week when they face each other in the Europa league last-16 at Anfield, but they are also involved in a battle off the pitch.

That’s because The Sun are reporting that the two Premier League rivals are both interested in signing Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli.

The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and will be available on a free transfer.

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However, the two Premier League clubs will no doubt face stiff competition for other clubs across Europe for the signature of the Algerian on a free.

The same report states that Feghouli had rejected a “succulent” offer from the Spanish club which would have seen him became the joint highest paid player at the Mestalla, alongside captain Dani Parejo.

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Feghouli has refused to comment on any speculation linking him with a move away from Gary Neville’s side and recently told Spanish newspaper Sport: "Now I am concentrating only on Valencia. I leave these matters to my agents. I am only concentrating on performing on the pitch.”

With Valencia sitting in ninth in La Liga and eight points away from a Europa League qualification spot, they may struggle to keep hold of Feghouli in the summer.

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Both United and Liverpool have an outside chance of qualifying for the Champions League - either by winning the Europa League or breaking into the top four - and would be seen as an attractive move for Feghouli.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has already spoken of his desire to sign more wingers in the summer with the club only having 20-year-old Jordan Ibe to call-upon in that position. Klopp has revealed he plans on using Lazar Markovic, who is currently on loan at Fenerbahce, next season but will need to add at least another wide player before August.

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United will be looking to add to their squad depth after having to call upon numerous youngsters due to injuries this term. Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingaard and Memphis Depay are all capable wingers but Feghouli would help add a bit more competition for places.

Feghouli signed for Valencia from French side Grenoble and has gone on to make 187 appearances, scoring 29 goals for Valencia.

However, he has struggled for first-team action this campaign after missing several months through injury, playing just 13 times in the league.

He was part of the impressive Algerian side in the 2014 World Cup, who progressed through a group containing Belgium, Russia and South Korea.

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In their opening match against Belgium, Feghouli scored his nation’s first world cup goal for 28 years when he gave his side the lead.

They forced extra-time against eventual champions Germany in the last-16, holding them to a goalless draw after 90 minutes. However, goals from Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil saw Joachim Low’s side progress 2-1 after extra-time.

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Wayne Rooney
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