Non-title chasing Liverpool dealt blow in pursuit of £5 million midfielder

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Liverpool’s underachieving looks to have cost them in the transfer market as Borussia Dortmund star Nuri Sahin’s contract clause can only be activated by ‘title contenders’, according to talkSPORT.

Sahin has been in great form throughout this season and has been instrumental in Dortmund’s charge to what looks like an inevitable Bundesliga title, alerting a number of teams including Juventus and Lazio.

Liverpool have also declared their interest in the Turkish playmaker but have been met with a clear reluctance to sell.

Liverpool were under the impression an offer of £5 million would be enough to activate a clause in the 22-year-old’s contract and were confident Barclays Premier League football would lure him to Anfield.

However Dortmund have revealed the clause would only prevent Dortmund from rejecting offers from teams ‘challenging for titles’, thus ruling Liverpool, who are down in a lowly 12th position, out.

Therefore it looks as though Italian high-flyers Juve and Lazio will be left to fight it out for Sahin’s signature, unless the German-born midfielder expresses a desire to join Liverpool – and then the Merseysiders will have to pay over the odds for him.

Liverpool want to sign a new central midfielder due to Christian Poulsen’s poor start to his Anfield career and have been linked with moves for Mahmadou Sakho and Yann M’Vila.

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