Rodgers sets Liverpool sights on Madrid midfielder

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Liverpool are understood to have had a bid rejected for Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero, reports the Daily Mail.

The 25-year-old made just 17 appearances for Jose Mourinho's first-team in last season's La Liga winning campaign, and has been heavily linked with a move away from the Bernabeu.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, an unnamed Premier League club has lodged a 'sizeable' bid for Granero, who only has 12 months to run on his existing contract in Madrid.

The former Spanish U21 international was rumoured to be on his way to Anfield in January, but Liverpool's reported interest failed to materialise into a formal approach.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has renewed interest in Granero as he looks to strengthen his midfield options ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

Having spent two seasons on loan at Getafe to gain more experience, Granero is now eager for regular first-team action, and so will be hoping that Mourinho and Madrid change their current stance, by allowing him to leave.

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