LIVERPOOL look like being priced out of a move for Gylfi Sigurdsson after they refused to meet the player’s ‘wild’ wage demands.
Tottenham Hotspur have moved into pole position to sign the Icelandic midfielder after they agreed to match his salary requests.
That figure is believed to be nearly 50% more than what the Reds were willing to offer.
Liverpool had held extensive talks with the 22-year-old and put together a generous deal for a player of Sigurdsson’s experience.
However it appears the club and player are divided in their valuation.
The Reds’ American owners, the Fenway Sports Group, are reluctant to hand out bumper contracts having been lumbered with the lavish deals which brought players such as Joe Cole to the club.
Manager Brendan Rodgers made no secret of his desire to bring Sigurdsson to Anfield having worked with him at Swansea City but Liverpool are understood to have baulked at his wage demands.
Spurs are believed to have had an £8m offer accepted by the player’s parent club Hoffenheim and though personal terms are still to be agreed, have privately expressed their confidence the deal will be complete by the end of the week.
Sigurdsson is expected to undergo a medical at White Hart Lane on Friday.
After it became clear Sigurdsson would be willing to U-turn on his proposed permanent move to Swansea, having spent last season on loan at the Liberty Stadium, Liverpool were immediately installed as front-runners for his signature.
It was believed that the prospect of working under Rodgers once more was the sole reason behind the Icelandic international’s change of heart over a transfer to the Swans, after he had agreed personal terms and the two clubs settled on a £6.8m fee.
But even with Rodgers showing his intent to bring him to Merseyside, Sigurdsson appears to have snubbed a move in search of a bigger financial package on offer at manager-less Spurs.
Liverpool, however, have not given up on the possibility of signing Sigurdsson but know Spurs are in the driving seat.