Liverpool dealt blow in chase for £25m striker

Liverpool’s hopes of signing Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony have been dealt a huge blow, with the Ivorian holding out for a club in the Champions League.

According to MirrorFootball, Bony has told Swans boss Garry Mink that he is eyeing a move away from the Liberty Stadium, but only if a team playing in Europe’s leading competition shows concrete interest.

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Liverpool have been linked with a move for Bony since the summer but decided to sign a cut-price Mario Balotelli instead.

But the Italian striker has since failed to make a real impact at Anfield, leaving Reds boss Brendan Rodgers with no other option but to seek a a more reliable replacement this January.

But Liverpool’s failure to qualify from their Champions League group this season effectively rules them out of the race to sign Bony, with Premier League champions Manchester City now the favourites for his signature.