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Real Betis begins negotiations for Liverpool striker

Real Betis have contacted Liverpool over the possibility of taking Iago Aspas, most probably on loan

There's been a lot of speculation over Iago Aspas's future at Liverpool during the last few weeks. The 26-year-old was a summer signing from Celta Vigo for a reported £7.7m, but has failed to settle in Liverpool and the Spanish striker has found first team appearances limited.

Making just four first team starts, Aspas has struggled to make an impression, picking up more yellow cards than goals or assists. With Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in front of him in the pecking order, it was always going to be difficult, and after registering only two shots in those four starts, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has chosen to leave Aspas out altogether on a few occasions.

Over the last month, the Spanish striker has been linked with Swansea City and a return to La Liga. The Spanish contingent at Swansea have recently declared their desire for Aspas to join them in Wales, but the striker may wish to move back to his native Spain.

Another club thought to have began talking to Liverpool over a move is Sevilla based club Real Betis. One of La Liga’s biggest clubs, Real Betis has struggled this season and find themselves down near the bottom of the table, finding it difficult to come to terms with the demands of the Europa League.

Newly appointed Real Betis assistant manager, Sergio Fernandez, has been given the job of negotiating and helping secure new transfers to help push the club up the table.

According to Estadio Deportivo, Aspas has been named a priority and negotiations have already begun. It is believed that the La Liga club don’t have the funds to buy the striker outright, but a loan deal until January with an option to buy in the summer is thought to be on the agenda.

As Liverpool have a busy week coming up, the negotiations are likely to be brief, however after New Year’s Day - especially as Aspas is unlikely to feature in the FA Cup third round - a quick deal could be finalized.

Has Iago Aspas been given a fair chance at Liverpool ?

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