Liverpool favourites for Real Madrid star Callejon as club say no to Sakho

Liverpool could be set to make another raid on La Liga with Real Madrid forward Jose Callejon the latest player to be linked with a move to Anfield.

Spanish newspaper Marca is reporting that Liverpool are in a three-way battle with Italian sides Fiorentina and Napoli for the 26 year old.

The former Spanish U21 star came through the ranks at Madrid, joining the clubs famed academy at the age of 15 before moving to Espanyol in 2008.

Callejon impressed for the then Mauricio Pochettino managed Catalan side scoring 11 goals in three seasons before Jose Mourinho bought the player back to Madrid in 2011.

The return to the Bernabeu proved to be a successful one with Callejon scoring 13 goals and creating 2 as Real Madrid claimed the La Liga title however the goals dried up last season as the forward only managed 3 in 30 La liga games.

The arrival of Carlo Ancelotti has led to suggestions that Callejon could be offloaded. The former PSG manager is believed to be ready to promote Alvaro Morata and Jese Rodriguez to the first team and that would limit Callejon first team chances.

Should Liverpool clinch a deal he would becomes Liverpool third signing from Spain this summer following earlier deals for Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas.

Meanwhile the club are believed to have pulled the plug on any potential move for PSG defender Mamadou Sakho.

The powerful central defender was believed to be on the clubs list of replacements for Jaime Carragher with the 23 year old welcoming the link however it now appears Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is set to move for other targets.

The club have been casting their net far and wide in a bid to bolster their defensive options but so far they have struggled to bring in the right man.

Rodgers has cooled his interest in Swansea captain Ashley Williams while a move for Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos has stalled due to the German’s side asking price.

A move for Sporting Lisbon starlet Thiago Llori could yet materialise with talks between the two clubs continuing.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.