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Liverpool face Everton transfer competition for €14m Serie A star

Everton are looking to rival Liverpool for the signature of Belgium international and Napoli wideman Dries Mertens.

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The Metro reported in June that the Reds were planning a move for 28-year-old Mertens, who is believed to be considering his options at the San Paolo.

The Partenopei missed out on Champions League football following a last-day defeat to Lazio, and have also seen their coach Rafael Benitez leave for Real Madrid.

Gonzalo Higuain has openly indicated that he is looking for a move away from Naples, and Mertens may also be seeing his future away from Napoli [International Business Times].

His agent Soren Lerby has confirmed that Mertens—who is under contract until 2018—could leave the club over the coming months, with a Premier League move looking likely.

The Belgian may prove to be an ideal replacement for Raheem Sterling, who has been linked heavily with a move away from Anfield this summer, with Manchester City believed to be keen on his services [Metro].

However, Brendan Rodgers may now face competition from Everton from the Belgian’s services, with the Toffees understood to be keen on the wideman.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Roberto Martinez has made an enquiry for the player and, having scored 10 goals for the Serie A heavyweights last season, could prove to be a valuable offensive weapon from wide areas for the North-West giants.

The Echo understand that Inter Milan are also keen on the forward, with a fee of €14 million having been mooted for the player.

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