Liverpool's £7m striker target signs new deal

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Liverpool appear to have missed out on the signing of Adrian Lopez, with reports suggesting that the striker has signed a new contract to remain at Atletico Madrid.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the Spain international has followed in the footsteps of club teammates Diego Costa, Koke and Diego Godin by signing a renewal on Tuesday in the presence of club president Miguel Ángel Gil Marín.

25-year-old Lopez, who arrived at the Vicente Calderon on a free transfer during the summer of 2011 following his departure from Deportivo la Coruna, has not been particularly potent over the past two seasons and has only found the net once during 11 appearances in La Liga during the 2013/14 campaign so far.

Despite his relatively modest goal return, however, Lopez - reportedly valued at around the £7 million mark - had been the subject of transfer speculation of late.

Last month, reports claimed that Premier League outfit Liverpool - who appear to be mounting a serious bid for the title this season - were battling with Serie A side Roma for his signature.

Such a battle will presumably now come to an end, however, with Lopez having seemingly pledged his future to Diego Simeone's Rojiblancos.

Liverpool can already boast perhaps the most feared strike partnership in England in the form of Daniel Sturridge and the irrepressible Luis Suarez, but with the former currently sidelined with an ankle injury, it would certainly make sense for Brendan Rodgers to look to bring one or two attacking reinforcements to Anfield.

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