Liverpool, Wigan and Wolfsburg have been told to cough up £12.5 million if they want to sign Hamburg winger Eljero Elia this month, according to the Daily Mail.
There has been interest in the Dutchman throughout this season but only Wigan have made a concrete offer – a loan deal which was rejected by the Bundesliga strugglers.
Liverpool’s interest in the 23-year-old started while Roy Hodgson was in charge at Anfield but Damian Comolli is likely to keep track of Elia.
Hamburg, though, have insisted they will not accept anything less than a permanent deal with a bid of £12.5 million what they are looking for.
“There has been an offer from Wigan Athletic, which wanted to hire him for half the season,” said Hamburg sporting director Bastian Reinhardt.
“But will not rush to agree to such things. Apart from that, there have been no offers. We do not loan players out - this is a simple conclusion.
“Also, as the current employer of Elia, we require at least fifteen million euros (£12.5m) from potential buyers.”
And that seems to have ended any interest Liverpool had in the player as they believe there are cheaper options available.
Charlie Adam has been linked with a move to Liverpool recently while there is speculation Charles N’Zogbia could join the Anfield club with Elia replacing him.
However, with Edin Dzeko having completed a £27 million move to Manchester City Wolfsvurg have now taken pole position and are likely to offer the asking price.