West Ham United could miss out on the signing of Nice striker Loic Remy because of the way they want to stagger their payments for the 23-year-old.
The Hammers had been in pole position to land the forward although Liverpool and Tottenham have now reportedly entered the chase to sign the player.
Nice president Gilbert Stellardo told L'Equipe:"For the moment it's the same status quo, but if Liverpool make an offer things will be done swiftly.
"The amount (offered by West Ham) suits me but not the payment method.
"West Ham want to buy Loic because they think he could rapidly be worth 10million euros more if he plays in England. They don't want us to pay the full sum all at once."
Remy scored 15 goals in 33 appearances last season to bring his tally for Nice to 25 goals in 66 matches.
Stellardo has also confirmed that he is interested in signing Middlesbrough midfielder Didier Digard on loan again.