Valbuena linked with Liverpool move

Liverpool are reportedly in pole position to sign Marseille forward Mathieu Valbuena, with Wigan Athletic also in the frame.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has made 75 league appearances for the Stade Velodrome outfit - scoring seven times - since arriving from Libourne Saint-Seurin in 2006.

And the diminutive Frenchman's form is thought to have attracted interest from a string of European clubs from England, Spain and Germany.

According to reports in France, Wigan have already tabled an offer for the man known as 'the small bike'.

However, with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton also believed to be monitoring the player, Valbuena's agent, Christophe Hutteau, has revealed the forward is hoping to sign for a side with larger stature than Roberto Martinez's Latics.

"Mathieu would very much be interested in playing in England as the Premier League is the best in Europe," he told

"Wigan are interested in Mathieu, but I think Mathieu would like to go to a big team in England.

"Liverpool are also interested in Mathieu, but so are teams in Spain, Germany, Italy and Russia.

"I think Mathieu will leave Marseille and I think it is very possible he could play in England this season."