Sheffield United are continuing talks with Genk over a move for Sander Berge, who is understood to be keen to sign for the club.
The Blades are believed to have had a €20m bid for the midfielder rejected, but they are keen to get the player before Friday’s window closes after failing to lure him in the summer.
The Daily Mail report that Chris Wilder is prepared to pay £27m (€32m) for the Norway international, who has been tracked by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
That would represent a club-record transfer fee for the club and would eclipse the £17.5million, potentially rising to £20million they paid Swansea for Oli McBurnie last summer.
Wednesday’s edition of Het Belang van Limburg via Sport Witness says the “size of this bid was not confirmed by Genk” but discussions are ongoing.
Genk’s sporting director Dimitri de Conde has admitted he isn’t sure whether Berge will remain with the club beyond this month.
“I can’t say if Berge will still be at Genk on the 1st of February,” he told HLN.
The hold up in the deal is believed to be the fact that Genk wanted Berge immediately loaning back to them this season, while United and the player want him to start immediately in the Premier League.
Berge is desperate to test himself straight away in the English top flight and HLN claim that factor is slowing down the deal as the two club’s try to agree a price for the player.
The Blades though do have a contingency plan and, according to a report from the Sheffield Star, they are eyeing both Mady Camara and Florian Grillistch in case the Berge deal collapses.