Liverpool look set to miss out on long-term target Moussa Sow after Turkish giants Fenerbahce agreed personal terms with the Lille star.
Arsenal and Tottenham were also believed to be tracking the in-demand Lille striker but it appears Sow, who is currently preparing to represent Senegal in the African Nations Cup, has spurned the chance of a move to the Premier League and is set for a transfer to Turkey instead.
The 25-year-old reportedly met with the Turkish club’s officials overnight in Paris to thrash out terms on a deal worth €10m and lasting until 2015.
The news will come as a huge disappointment to Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, who has made signing a striker his priority in the January transfer window. He will now have to readjust his plans after seeing one of his top targets snatched from under his nose.
Sow had previously claimed he would be delighted with the chance to play for Liverpool, saying: 'I want to play in England. Liverpool, well, that is a dream club. Anyone would be happy, scoring goals in front of the Kop can be the highlight of a career.'
Reports in L’Equipe suggest Sow could be set to pocket as much as €2.6m a year from the move, with Lille likely to receive a further €1.5m if he is sold on.