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Target ends Liverpool pursuit with big decision

Timothy Aiyeku

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Iker Muniain

Liverpool will no longer have their reported target in the winter transfer market which reopens in coming weeks after star midfielder Iker Muniain penned a new extension deal with Spanish side Athletic Bilbao.

Iker Muniain has been on Liverpool’s radar for the past weeks with reports that a bid will be submitted in the winter transfer window which reopens in coming weeks.

However, that will no longer happen after it was confirmed via the Spanish club’s Twitter account that Iker Muniain will stay with the club for more years.

Iker Muniain started his first-team career with Athletic Bilbao and he is yet to part ways with the team which is not expected to happen anytime soon with his latest decision.

He has played a total of 350 matches in all competition for the Spanish side and has scored 51 goals in all. There is no doubt that there will be an increase in the numbers in coming years owing to his extended stay at the club.

However, Liverpool were not alone in the bid for the player with Italian side Napoli interested in having him on a free transfer before he signed again.

Liverpool will have to look elsewhere to strengthen their team after losing the Bilbao star.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.