Liverpool have been given a boost in their hunt for Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld as the Belgian's father has admitted they are struggling to reach an agreement with German club Bayer Leverkusen.

The 24-year-old international has been strongly linked with Liverpool, who are more than likely to step up their game to sign the player.

Leverkusen were in pole position to sign the player, who was not entirely happy with the club's initial offer in terms of wages.

"The proposal was interesting in sporting terms, but financially we had some questions," Vic Alderweireld, his father and representative, told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "We have a counter proposal and will wait to see how Leverkusen reacts.

"We are not in a rush to sign. At worst, he plays another season in Amsterdam and leaves as a free agent after next season."

The Reds are currently chasing the signatures of several players, including Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.


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