Reds continue pursuit of Argentine star

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Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is reportedly still keen on signing Valencia midfielder Ever Banega.

The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Anfield during the reign of Rafael Benitez, and new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is also thought to be keen on bringing the maverick to England.

An Argentine international who started his career at Boca Juniors, Los Che signed Banega for around €18 million in the January 208 transfer window.

After initially failing to make an impact for the La Liga side, Banega spent a season on loan at Atletico Madrid. He would again struggle to hold down a first team place, and returned to the Mestalla facing an uncertain future.

However, last season proved to be an improved one for Banega, helping the Spaniard's to a 3rd place finish and Champions League qualification.

Las Provincias reports that the Merseyside outfit are still keen on the youngster, with a bid in the region of £8.5 million needed to secure his signature.

Banega, who made his debut for Argentina in 2008 and won an Olympic gold medal in the same year, is seen as a potential replacement should Javier Mascherano leave for Inter Milan. Finances for any deal is expected to come from current player sales.

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