Valencia enter Sissoko race

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Valencia have entered the race to sign unsettled Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko.

Unsettled midfielder could return to Spain

Valencia have entered the race to sign unsettled Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko. The Mali international recently revealed he is keen for a 'new challenge' and Juventus were thought to be close to agreeing a deal. Sissoko joined Liverpool in 2005 from Valencia and impressed in his first season with the Reds, but he has struggled to find a place in manager Rafa Benitez's first-team this campaign following the arrival of Javier Mascherano. And Valencia boss Ronald Koeman is now hoping that Sissoko can be persuaded to turn down a deal with Juve and return to the Mestalla. "We know the deal is complicated but it is not complete," Koeman told the Daily Mirror. "He has all the characteristics of the player we need." Koeman, who took over at Valencia earlier in the season, recently completed his first signing when he captured Argentine youngster Ever Banega from Boca Juniors. And the Dutchman is keen to further strengthen his squad as he attempts to steer Valencia, who currently sit seventh in La Liga, to a place in the UEFA Champions League.

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