Liverpool and Everton La Liga target 'will evaluate things in the summer'

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Valencia midfielder Ever Banega insists he is happy at the Mestalla, but will consider his future at the end of the season, alerting the attention of Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool.

The 22-year-old Argentinian star was heavily linked with a move away from Spain last summer, and speculation has resurfaced that he could be heading to England. reports how Everton have been keeping tabs on his progress, with Toffees boss David Moyes planning to renew interest with an approach at the end of the season.

However a move to Goodison Park is likely to be far from straightforward, with competition for the player's signature said to be coming from Everton's fiercest rivals Liverpool.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is keen to add to his creative midfield options in the summer, and will be handed a generous transfer kitty by Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group when the transfer window reopens in June.


But despite being linked with a move to Anfield, Banega remains undistracted by continued speculation.

"Right now I am comfortable and happy in Valencia and I would prefer to wait until the season finishes to evaluate things," he said in an interview with the Spanish press.

"I have spoken with the club and asked to know what my future will be before the holidays.

"I hope to play the Copa America and I do not want to be disturbed by rumours about my future."

Having joined Valencia from Boca Juniors in 2008 for €18m, Banega struggled to cement his place in the side and was subsequently sent on loan to Atletico Madrid.

On his return to Los Ches he was deemed surplus to requirements and would have completed a move to Everton in 2009 but for issues around sustaining a work permit.

Two years on and the Toffees now have mounting debts that could mean David Moyes' hands are tied in terms of stumping up enough cash, which could pave the way for Liverpool to hijack the deal that could see Banega plying his trade at Anfield next season.

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