Report: Aston Villa among Championship clubs chasing Liverpool midfielder Luis Alberto

Liverpool's Luis Alberto celebrates goal

The 23-year-old Spaniard is also reportedly wanted by Wolverhampton Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers after a proposed return to childhood club Sevilla fell through.

Liverpool's Luis Alberto celebrates goal

Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers are all pursuing a move for Liverpool midfielder Luis Alberto, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Alberto, 23, joined Liverpool from Sevilla in June 2013 for a reported £6.8 million fee but has since played just 12 times for the club, making his last appearance back in January 2014.

The Spanish playmaker spent the past two seasons out on loan at Malaga and Deportivo La Coruna, respectively, before returning to Melwood last month for the start of preseason training, but he was not taken on the first-team’s tour of America after failing to do enough to impress manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool's Luis Alberto in action against Oldham's Korey Smith

Reports had suggested in the meantime that Sevilla were looking to re-sign the former Under-21 international, whose current contract expires in 2018, but a proposed move back to Spain is now believed to have fallen through after the La Liga side proved unwilling to meet Liverpool’s £6 million valuation.

He is still widely expected to leave the Merseyside outfit by the end of the summer transfer window, though, and the Liverpool Echo claims that a switch to the Championship is the likeliest outcome.

The newspaper’s report notes that both Wolves and QPR are among the clubs keen to secure the skilful midfielder’s services, while Villa are also said to have expressed interest in his signature since Sevilla pulled out of talks.

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Despite failing to play his way into Klopp’s plans, Alberto actually fared extremely well during last season’s loan spell at Deportivo, recording six goals and seven assists in 29 La Liga appearances to help the Galician-based side stave off relegation with a 15th-place finish.

Liverpool are believed to want appearance-related add-ons included in the £6 million package for the youngster, but that seems like a price well worth paying for player who has already impressed in a top European league and who still has a bright future ahead of him.

It remains to be seen whether he would be willing to drop down to the English second tier at this stage, but any of Villa, Wolves or QPR could certainly give their promotion hopes a big boost by bringing the promising Spaniard on board.

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