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Liverpool boss Benitez joins battle for Tottenham's Jenas

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is chasing Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas.

The People says Benitez, who looked at the 6ft 4in defender last season, is tight for cash bit is preparing to lose at least one of Xabi Alonso or Javier Mascherano this summer.

And Benitez believes Jenas would be ideal to plug any gap created by their departures.

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill and Inter Milan counterpart Jose Mourinho have been monitoring Jenas' situation at White Hart Lane and both hold the player in high esteem.

But neither has made a firm inquiry and Benitez is poised to move.

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