Liverpool & Everton locked in transfer battle for La Liga ace

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Liverpool and Everton both appear to be keen on the signing of Stephane Mbia, with reports suggesting that the Merseyside rivals are chasing the midfielder's signature.

According to unnamed French sources cited by talkSPORT, the two clubs are locked in a three-way transfer battle with Serie A giants Inter Milan for Queens Park Rangers' Mbia, a man who has gradually rebuilt his stuttering career this season during a successful loan spell with Sevilla.

Registering on the scoresheet during the 4-0 win over Granada on Sunday, the Cameroon international is evidently enjoying his time in La Liga and it appears somewhat unlikely that he will return to Loftus Road on a full-time basis - particularly in the event that Harry Redknapp's QPR do not return to the Premier League via the play-offs this season.

And while it appears as of yet unclear if Sevilla intend to pursue a permanent deal to bring Mbia to Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, it seems that English top-flight interest in the player is gathering quickly with both Liverpool and Everton expected to strengthen their respective squads this summer.

Brendan Rodgers' Reds have enjoyed a tremendous season to date, with last Sunday's somewhat nervy 3-2 victory over struggling Norwich City at Carrow Road extending their lead at the top of the table heading into the final three matches of the campaign.

And while Rodgers can lay claim to significant firepower through the likes of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, it seems inevitable that Liverpool will look to bring several new recruits to Anfield in order to maintain such a quick progression.

Everton, meanwhile, have enjoyed a promising season of their own and are currently battling it out with Arsenal for that fourth and final Champions League berth.

Led by the enigmatic figure of Spaniard Roberto Martinez, the Toffees would almost certainly require immediate strengthening this summer if indeed they were to return to European football.

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