Liverpool have been told how much they must pay if they're to have any hope of signing Southampton's Shane Long, after their initial offer of £8 million was rejected.
According to the Independent, the Saints are reportedly holding out for £12 million - the fee they paid Hull City in 2014.
Jurgen Klopp's side are desperate to add at least one more forward to their ranks this month and see the Republic of Ireland international as the perfect fit.
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Long, 28, has been in fine form of late and would certainly ease the pressure on Klopp after the Reds' 1-0 defeat to rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
Injuries have decimated Liverpool's front line this season, with Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi all out of action. Christian Benteke is the only fully-fit forward for Klopp to choose from, though the Belgian's form has seen him play second fiddle to Roberto Firmino.
Ronald Koeman's side completed the signing of Charlie Austin from Queens Park Rangers last weekend, which is likely to lessen the impact of Long's potential departure.
Southampton will fight hard to keep their striker but could entertain a second bid if the price is right and Long declares a solid interest in moving to Anfield.
Saints chairman Ralph Krueger said of the matter: “Players coming in and out of here in the last two weeks of the transfer window is not in the plan.
"I would never say never on either direction because it’s the nature of the sport; you don’t know what opportunities present themselves.
"At the moment we are pleased with the depth and Ronald has shown we have different line-ups. Ideally would be to keep all those names in the line-up."
Liverpool have already poached Steven Caulker from Southampton this window via parent club Queens Park Rangers - and a deal for Long would be another in a long list of players to swap St Mary's for Anfield, including Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert.
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