Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster’s future remains unclear with Sheffield United unwilling to match the Reds’ asking price, according to a report.
Brewster did not feature in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup rout of Lincoln, raising speculation about a move away.
Indeed on Friday, reports claimed the Blades are leading the way in the race to sign the 20-year-old. Boss Chris Wilder and Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp held another round of negotiations on Wednesday.
According to the Liverpool Echo, though, United are struggling to make any significant progress in the deal.
The newspaper claims the south Yorkshire club do not want to pay Liverpool‘s £20million asking price.
The Blades have already made advances by submitting a season-long loan offer. However Liverpool are equally unwilling to sanction such a deal and would prefer a permanent exit.
The Liverpool Echo adds that the Anfield club are aware they offered Brewster a loan spell last season. And with chances this term looking limited, they want to offer the forward a definitive change of path.
Wilder urging United to sign a striker
Wilder faced the media on Friday, reiterating that he has made clear he wants to sign another centre-forward.
He told reporters (via The Independent): “We need somebody in the building. I’ve said that to the board, that we need to add to the group.
“We’re after a centre forward and there’s a few out there. We need to add. We’ve got a little bit of time to get someone in, which we need to do.”
He added: “We have a decision as a football club above me. Always three main players in signing a player.
“The player – does he want to come? The selling club – do they want to let him go and at what price? And the buying club – are they prepared to go to that price? These all have to happen.
“I have identified players and there are things that need to happen from an negotiation point of view above me.”
The window for trades across Europe closes in Britain on October 5. However a separate window, running until October 16, allows for trades between Premier League and EFL clubs.