Liverpool are persisting with their attempts to sign Spain left-back Alberto Moreno from Sevilla -- but are holding out for what they believe is a more realistic fee, sources have told ESPN FC.
The Reds have been in talks to bring the 21-year-old to Anfield but are unwilling to pay the current asking price of around 18 million pounds.
Sevilla reportedly want the bulk of the money paid up front. Liverpool, though, are prepared to be patient in order to get Moreno on less stringent terms.
Reports in Spain over the last few days suggested a fee for the player had been agreed and that he would be flying to England for a medical on Monday, but that was not the case.
Sevilla were trying to suggest through the Spanish press that a deal was close in order to draw out other interested clubs and spark an auction for the player, the Liverpool source said.
No transfer is imminent, however, and Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is not expecting that situation to change over the next few days.
Moreno, a graduate of the youth set-up at Sevilla, has played three times for Spain but missed out on a place in their World Cup squad.
Rodgers is also continuing to pursue a move for Southampton and England midfielder Adam Lallana.