Mata

Mata (in red) is a highly-rated Spanish youngster who is also pursued by Arsenal.

After Liverpool had a second big for Stewart Downing turned down by Aston Villa, the Reds are reportedly turning their interest to Valencia winger Juan Mata, who is also pursued by Arsenal. 

After seeing their £12 million bid for Downing rejected a fortnight ago, Liverpool were surprised to see an increased bid of £15 million face the same fate. Downing himself is believed to be unhappy with the fee Villa are demanding, despite the winger having just two years remaining in his contract. 

As Villa have already sold one winger, Ashley Young, to Manchester United, they are unlikely to budge.

The Daily Mirror reported that Liverpool have made enquiries about Valencia's Juan Mata who, despite being valued at £20m would give much more value for money, given his definite quality,  his age and the potential he displayed during his performances for the Spanish Under-21 team recently.

Liverpool have, however, brought an end to the saga surrounding Charlie Adam after confirming his move to Merseyside. Thought Blackpool had been stalling the deal with demands for £9 million, but have been persuaded to part company with their captain for a player-plus-cash deal. The fee is believed to be around the region of £7 million, while the players are rumoured to be David Ngog and Jonjo Shelvey.

In another boost for Liverpool, the club confirmed that defender Glen Johnson has extended his contract though the lenght of the deal has not been confirmed. 

Goalkeeping target Doni could also move to the club within 36 hours, according to his agent. Liverpool had reached an agreement for Doni's transfer last month but the keeper rejected Liverpool's first contract offer as it was too low. His agent has now hinted at a possible move.

In the next 36 hours we will know something definite,'' Doni's agent Ovidio Colucci said. Liverpool are interested in Doni and there is the agreement between the two clubs and with the player.

Doni is in Italy right now. We just have to ratify certain details with Roma. If the deal is completed, Doni will join Liverpool on a free transfer and will sign a two-year contract.

Doni is very happy with the chance to go to Liverpool and play in the Premier League.''