Liverpool and Norwich have failed to strike a deal for Jamal Lewis, with the Premier League champions close to signing Konstantinos Tsimikas as a left-back cover.
The Greece international can be secured for € 13million (£ 11.75) from Olympiacos, which is better value as an option to replace Andy Robertson.
Norwich has rejected Liverpool’s £ 10million opening bid for Lewis, demanding at least double that fee to part ways with a player who will be no shortage of options in the window.
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The Northern Ireland international had wanted to line up under Jürgen Klopp and relished the challenge of becoming Robertson’s competition rather than just a replacement in the position.
The German was excited to work with a player who he said had a high cap and the right attitude to develop, but Liverpool and Norwich were too far apart in the negotiations.
As revealed by The Independent, the Reds had a shortlist of four candidates to bolster this area of the squad, which included Tsimikas.
The 24-year-old is due to travel to Merseyside for a medical checkup early next week.