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Liverpool Still Chasing Spanish Fullback

A deal for Alberto Moreno that once looked settled has stalled over the player's fee, but Liverpool are reportedly determined to work something out even as they identify alternatives.

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

As we had expected, progress has mostly been halted in Liverpool's search to add to the squad during the World Cup. Few, if any, deals are being completed by clubs at this point, with all eyes placed firmly on proceedings in Brazil. That doesn't mean the work stops in terms of pursuing targets, only that any potential deal will have to wait until Roy Hodgson and England lift the trophy on July 13. Maybe not that exactly, but something close to it. Just minus the Hodgson and England part.

The club's interest in Adam Lallana is expected to produce another bid in mid-July, and if Neil Jones from The Liverpool Echo has it right, Liverpool aren't yet prepared to give up on Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno either. Just a few weeks ago it looked like a deal had been done, but reports gradually emerged that the Spanish club were looking to inflate the player's fee as much as possible, and are now looking to earn "in excess of £20m" for the 21-year-old.

Jones also notes that while Liverpool are still hopeful of working something out, they've also started identifying a list of alternatives, once again including Ryan Bertrand. Worrisome that the list isn't any longer, with a point made of ruling out Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez due to cost.

Still ten days to go before the window even opens, and fourteen more after that until the World Cup is over. Hopefully by that time the work being done behind the scenes pays off, both in regards to a deal for Albert Moreno and Liverpool's other targets. The summer will melt away from there, with preseason starting on July 16th and promising more than a match per week until the Dortmund friendly on August 10th. Less than a week later, there's just the small matter of Southampton at Anfield to start the 2014-2015 Premier League season.

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