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Liverpool set to miss out in race for La Liga star

Liverpool look set to miss out on the signature of Athletic Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta according to The Metro after they claimed Zenit St Petersburg will out-bid the English side.

The Venzuelan was linked with Liverpool by Marca in July after claims that Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers believed the 27-year-old would fit perfectly into his Liverpool playing system. It was also further claimed contact had already been made with the Basque club over a possible move.

However, it is now understood that Russian side Zenit and Italian giants Roma are showing increased interest in Amorebieta – who could now be available for a knock-down fee of around £8 million. Reports from TalkSPORT on Monday claimed officials from big spending Zent have already met with their counterparts at Athletic over a possible switch during the January transfer window – a claim also substantiated by The Metro.

Amorebieta  is reported to have a buy-out clause of £26 million on his current deal at San Mames, however, with that expiring  in June 2013 Athletic face the very real prospect of losing the player for nothing should a new contract not be penned.

Liverpool were originally priced out of a move for Amorebieta when they were told they would have to meet the player’s buy-out fee, however, with the player set to be made available for a significantly lower price, Brendan Rodgers may still be hopeful of taking him to Anfield.

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