Liverpool & Spurs dealt blow in Barcelona defender chase

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Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Marc Bartra, as the Spanish defender looks set to sign a new contract with Barcelona, reports talkSPORT.

The 22-year-old centre-back's current Camp Nou deal expires at the end of the season, but is poised to pen a five-year extension after impressing in his 10 La Liga appearances in 2013/14.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers had been credited with an interest in bringing Bartra to Anfield, as he looks to further strengthen his defensive line when the transfer window reopens in January.

Despite having Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure amongst his current first-team ranks, the Spain international has been identified as a possible Merseyside star of the future.

Spurs were also linked with Bartra during Andre Villas-Boas's brief White Hart Lane tenure, though it's not clear whether or not they are still monitoring his development at Barcelona.

Either way, it looks as though neither Tottenham nor Liverpool will be successful in securing the player's signature, with Gerardo Martino keen to tie Bartra to a new Barcelona deal before the month is out.

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