Villarreal three eyed
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Villarreal's fine form in La Liga has attracted attention from The Premiership.Villarreal's fine form in La Liga has attracted attention from several of The Premiership's top clubs.
The Yellow Submarines have exceeded all pre-season expectations and are currently handily placed to secure a surprise UEFA Champions League spot in third.
Scouts from Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle have been in attendance at Estadio El Madrigal in recent weeks, with Jose Reina, Antonio Guayre and Gonzalo Rodriguez thought to be the objects of their scrutiny.
Goalkeeper Reina, 22-years-old, is in his third season at Villarreal having joined from Barcelona, and last season signed a new deal that ties him to Villarreal until 2012.
His release clause stands at some é¼12 million but his excellent recent form of late has reportedly attracted the attention of both Liverpool and Manchester United.
Argentine stopper Rodriguez has enjoyed an excellent campaign at the heart of Villarreal's rearguard this term and is thought to head Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard's summer wish-list.
The 20-year-old has previously intimated a desire to move to Juventus but the Italian giants may face competition from Barcelona and possibly Chelsea, Newcastle and Tottenham.
Guayre operates as a striker and has netted an impressive eight goals in just 19 starts thus far this term - which could interest Liverpool and Newcastle who are both likely to be in the market for a forward in the summer.
Whether Villarreal can hold on to a trio of their top stars could well depend on whether they are able to claim a lucrative place in next season's Champions League.