Liverpool are reportedly extremely keen on landing Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez.

The 21-year old has been linked with the Reds for the past couple of seasons but it is now likely that the Anfield club will step up their pursuit of him.

Martinez has been a regular for underage Spain national teams and has been playing senior football with Bilbao since he was a teenager and he comes with a high rating from manager Joaquin Caparros.

"Javier is a monster of a player and can go very far," he said.