£37m star linked to Liverpool - Do they need him?

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Mamadou Sakho's former teammate Javier Pastore has been linked with a move to Liverpool over the past few days.

In the chaos of transfer deadline day, with PSG linked with late moves for Juan Mata and Mesut Ozil - both evidently unsuccessful - a snippet of news broke that Javier Pastore could have been used as a trading chip.

Yes that's the same Javier Pastore they paid £37 million for in the summer of 2011 to help signify their status as Europe's newest big spenders.

Pastore is a playmaker who is now 24. His first season at PSG was terrific, scoring 16 goals in all competitions and assisting seven as the club finished second in Ligue 1.

Last season he was far less prolific as the team took on a different shape with the arrivals of Zlatan and Ezequiel Lavezzi; he scored just four goals but provided 13 assists as PSG won the title.

More rebuilding is continuing at the club, with Lucas Moura added in January, and Edinson Cavani signed for a club record fee in the summer.

With new manager Laurent Blanc taking over from the man who brought him to PSG from Palermo, Carlo Ancelotti, Pastore has found himself more marginalised in 2013/14.

While he missed two games in mid-September with a thigh injury, of the five games he has played in Ligue 1, he has featured for 90 minutes just twice.

His agent Marcelo Simonian  admitted at the weekend he could be on the move come January; "He has been happy there, but now is not the time for nostalgia. We will see what happens in the next few months."

The Metro reported at the weekend that Liverpool were interested in bringing him to Anfield, battling Napoli and AC Milan who are also interested, citing Gazetta dello Sport as their source.

Pastore's sat out PSG's Champions League squad for their home match with Benfica, after picking up another slight injury at the weekend. To make matters worse, PSG produced a scintillating performance without him, racing to 3-0 up before half-time.

While bought for £37 million two seasons ago, it is speculated in the Metro that he could be available for half that figure, which could therefore make him affordable for Liverpool.

If manager Brendan Rodgers really wanted to be cheeky, he could try to land the playmaker on loan in January - who would be desperate to play given the fact it is a World Cup year.

Liverpool certainly need a number 10 at present with Coutinho out, but whether buying Pastore would be good for his development is however questionable. To fit them both in when fully fit would likely mean Coutinho goes back out wide - so the signing is perhaps not an essential one.

Let us know your views, would you like to see Liverpool go for Pastore?

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