Liverpool have reportedly made a bid for Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore, with the player rejecting a move to Anfield.
While most rumours throughout the January transfer market have concerned the Reds’ interest in Thomas Lemar, it’s another Ligue 1 midfielder entirely who is said to have captured their attention.
Pastore, a 28-year-old Argentina international, has been a peripheral figure for PSG for most of the season.
While he has made 14 Ligue 1 appearances, half have been off the bench and in another eight league games he has not figured at all, either through injury or being an unused sub.
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio now reports that both Liverpool and Tottenham have approached PSG with a bid, but the player has rejected a move to the Premier League.
The offers were reportedly between €25-40 million, £22-35 million.
Inter Milan are another interested party and have been trying to secure Pastore’s services on loan, much as they have been with the Reds’ own striker Daniel Sturridge.
At present, PSG are thought to only want a permanent deal, while Pastore himself favours a move back to Italy. He played in Serie A for Palermo prior to his 2011 move to PSG.
While the Reds may not be securing Pastore’s services any time soon, fans may simply be heartened by the prospect of a new signing before the end of the month.
With Philippe Coutinho‘s departure leaving funds available and a gap in the attack, strengthening now could push the Reds toward more comfortable Champions League qualification and with a platform to mount a challenge on all fronts next season.