Liverpool have been told they must pay Emmanuel Adebayor's weekly wages in full if they hope to sign him on loan this month.
The Togolese has fallen down the pecking order at Manchester City and looks increasingly likely to leave Eastlands as Liverpool wait in the wings alongside Tottenham and La Liga side Malaga.
According to The Sun, City are prepared to accept half of the £25 million they paid to sign the 26-year-old from Arsenal, but Liverpool are only thought to be eyeing a temporary deal for his services.
However, should Liverpool land the striker during the transfer window, they will reportedly have to pay 100 per cent of his wages - which stand at a whopping £160,000 per-week.
But Liverpool owners New England Sports Ventures are thought to be reluctant to splash out so excessively so are reported to be pursuing a number of more financially viable subjects.
Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli is believed to have identified a number of potential acquisitions to the board after discussions with Roy Hodgson but any moves will be depend on the future of the Reds boss at Anfield.
Hodgson has stated in the past his desire to bring West Ham striker Carlton Cole to Liverpool but, with his rumours suggesting the 63-year-old will imminently be sacked, it is unlikely a move for Cole will come to fruition.
Should the Liverpool manager leave this month, a more likely transfer target for the Anfield club will be FC Utrecht hotshot Ricky van Wolfswinkel who is understood to be on the radar of Comolli.
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