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Arteta wanted Liverpool keeper Reina to join Everton

Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta admits he would love to have tempted Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina to Goodison Park.

The pair were teammates at Barcelona as junior players.

Arteta told the Daily Express: "I would have, but we couldn't match Liverpool's offer. He was the best man at my wedding along with Tim Cahill. I can't remember his speech because it was so late at night."

Reina signed in 2005 and he revealed: "It was in the February and Rafa [Benitez] was knocking at my door already and it was a possibility for me to come from Villarreal. Mikel had joined in the January and I asked if it was a good place."

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