LIVERPOOL have reignited their transfer interest in Nabil Fekir, according to reports.
The Reds came incredibly close to signing the then-Lyon man in 2018.
But after a £53million deal was agreed, the Frenchman failed a medical.
According to Estadio Deportivo, the Anfield club are thinking about making another move.
Fekir, 27, is now at Real Betis in LaLiga, making the move in 2019 but has contributed just ten goals in 63 appearances.
Although his most recent, the winner in last week’s win over Levante, was a stunning solo effort.
The 25-cap international still has more than two years on his current deal.
Real Betis hope to qualify for the Europa League next season but could be forced into shipping their top earner to help save cash.
Fekir is reportedly on a contract worth £12.5m per year – which equates to a whopping £240,000 per week.
The report adds Inter Milan and Rennes are also keeping an eye on the playmaker – although a move to the latter appears unlikely.
A big-money move to Russia, the Middle East or China was also suggested but it is thought Fekir wants to continue playing among Europe’s elite.
Liverpool pulled out of the transfer in 2018 after discovering an issue with his knee, possibly related to his cruciate ligament tear in 2015-16.
And with no recurring issues in the three years since the collapsed transfer, the Reds may be confident of going back in for the attacking talent.
But Fekir told L’Equipe in 2019 there is absolutely nothing wrong with his knee – and it was simply used as an excuse for Liverpool to back out.
He said: “Lots of lies were told and they affected me. Especially when you know that’s what is being told is false.
My knee is perfectly fine… there are no issues at all with my knee
Nabil Fekir in 2019
“What was said is not the truth. My knee is good – I had a quick medical check at Clairefontaine – my knee wasn’t even mentioned.
“If my knee had been in such a bad state, would [Lyon chairman Jean-Michel] Aulas have made [an offer to keep me]?
“You want the truth? Even I don’t know – I promise you! I did my medical and then [Liverpool] decided not to sign me.
“At some point they wanted to have me believe it was because of my knee – but an excuse needed to be found.
“My knee is perfectly fine and I feel fine. There are no issues at all with my knee.”