Liverpool look set to make a surprise £8 million bid for Manchester United's winger Antonio Valencia, according to the Metro.
The Ecuadorian international has only one-year left on his contract at Old Trafford and following a disappointing campaigning last term and the appointment of Louis Van Gaal as the new manager, it appears the 28-year old will find himself on the United scrapheap.
Valencia joined Manchester United in 2009 from Wigan for £16 million, and Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers believes he can land the player for half that fee as Van Gaal prepares for wholesale changes at Old Trafford.
The winger is currently on duty with Ecuador at the World Cup in Brazil, and if Rodgers can land his man at £8 million, it will be regarded as good business for the club.
Valencia will provide Liverpool plenty of thrust and could form a real attacking threat down the right with Raheem Sterling.
One thing he will bring to Liverpool is some width, pace and quality ball into the box for the front men, however his lack of goals will be one aspect of his game that Rodgers will want to see improve.
His pace is one of his biggest attributes and he has been widely regarded as one of the top five quickest footballers for some time now, exactly why Rodgers will want the Manchester united man in his squad.
At £8 million, Valencia is sure to attract the attention of a host of clubs from the Premiership and Europe however the lure of Champions League football will surely put Liverpool in pole position to land the player.
Rodgers has to strengthen his squad if he is to make an assault on the Premiership title and the Champions League this season. By adding Valencia, he gets a player with plenty of European experience and one that has tasted success as a Premiership winner.
Antonio Valencia, pace and skill
Liverpool have already secured the services of Rickie Lambert and Emre Can, with Southampton's Adam Lallana close to joining the Rodgers revolution.
Other top stars like Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri and Real Madrid's Sami Khedira could also be playing their football in front of the Kop next season if the board can agree terms.
More signings to come
The hive of transfer speculation and activity around the club, suggest that the club are close to cashing in on Luis Suarez who has been linked with a move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Suarez returned from injury to all but end England's World Cup hopes when he scored both goals in Uruguay's 2-1 win, in what was a world class performance by the player.
Liverpool officials appear to have resigned themselves to the fact that he is on his way and a few more performances like that, will only help drive up the valuation of their prize asset.
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