Liverpool plan on Parejo bid to bolster ever-improving Reds
Premier League title third-favourites Liverpool (6/1) are reportedly lining up a bid to sign former QPR midfield loanee Dani Parejo in a possible £20m summer move.
The Spaniard, who came through the Real Madrid youth academy, is currently plying his trade for La Liga side Valencia.
Parejo has enjoyed the current season on a personal note, putting in some eye-catching displays as well as scoring twice and making three assists in 19 games in the league along the way. His side, however, are down in ninth and 15 points off the Champions League places.
With Liverpool up in second in the league, just four points off leaders Chelsea, Brendan Rodgers can already look ahead to the summer in search of big names with their top-four status seemingly safe.
With only 10 games left of the season, Coral have priced Liverpool heavily odds-on at 1/20 to finish the campaign in a Champions League spot.
Parejo has previous experience in the English leagues when he spent six months on loan at QPR in the Championship from Madrid back in 2008. Although the spell was largely unsuccessful, he has certainly come along well since.
Brendan Rodgers has already sent his chief scout over to Spain to watch his target play for Valencia in their 2-1 victory over Granada at the end of February, and it seems the Northern Irish boss is now ready to pounce.
The 24-year-old, however, is contracted to his club until 2016, and Valencia manager Juan Antonio Pizzi will not give up his star player without a fight.
His £20m asking fee may seem a bit excessive for someone who has yet to be a regular for a top side – he has also played for Getafe – but with plenty of time until the summer transfer window opens, Rodgers certainly has time on his hands to make a decision.