Liverpool keen to do Baros deal with Deportivo

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The 23-year-old has been told he has no future under manager Rafael Benitez and was left behind at the club's Swiss training camp on Tuesday while his colleagues defeated TNS in the Champions' League first-round qualifier in Wrexham.

West Ham United have registered an interest in Baros who, despite declaring a determination to remain at Anfield after moves to Valencia and Lyon failed to materialise, is now resigned to his fate at the club he joined for £3.5m from Banik Ostrava in 2001. The striker, however, would favour a move to Spain's La Liga and his representative Pavel Paska met Deportivo officials yesterday with Liverpool's blessing.

Deportivo are keen to strengthen their attack, with Alberto Luque destined for Real Madrid and Walter Pandiani seeking a permanent exit from Estadio De Riazor following his loan spell at Birmingham City last season.

A move for Baros could open the possibility of a swap deal involving the Portuguese defender Jorge Andrade, who could act as cover for Sami Hyypia and Jamie Carragher.

Liverpool remain confident of a deal for Luis Figo, despite his protracted negotiations with Madrid, and have also been linked with Seville's Daniel Alves, who can operate at right-back or right midfield.

Everton have re-signed Alessandro Pistone on a two-year contract, having released the Italian at the end of last season.

David Moyes is also hoping to make progress on the £4m acquisition of the Roma midfielder Simone Perrotta this week, although the deal depends on Fifa,the world governing body, lifting a transfer embargo.

Roma were banned from signing players for 12 months following a Fifa investigation into the transfer of Phillipe Mexes from Auxerre last summer and are awaiting the outcome of an appeal over that decision before deciding whether they can afford to reduce their playing staff.

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