Liverpool's hopes of snaring Ajax's Toby Alderweireld are fading as he continues to negotiate with Bayer Leverkusen but the defender will not be rushed into any decision, says his agent.
Alderwiereld's father, who acts as the Belgian international's agent, indicated over the weekend they had entered discussions with the Bundesliga club ahead of a possible summer switch.
However, Alderweireld Snr has revealed that he and the Ajax defender was not wholly impressed with Leverkusen's first contract offer, and have instead proposed a counter offer before proceeding with the negotiations.
"The proposal was interesting in sporting terms, but financially we had some questions," Vic Alderweireld is quoted as saying in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
"We have a counter proposal and will wait to see how Leverkusen reacts."
Liverpool and Tottenham were credited with heavy interest in the 24-year-old's services over the past year. While Leverkusen are yet to tie up a deal for the Belgian, they would appear to be in the driving seat, capable of offering the defender Champions League football that eluded the Premier League duo.
However, those still contemplating a move for Alderweireld may still have a glimmer of hope, with his father insisting the defender will not be forced into making a quick decision at the expense of his future.
"We are not in a rush to sign," he added. "At worst, he (Alderweireld) plays another season in Amsterdam and leaves as a free agent after next season."
Alderweireld is out of contract with Ajax next summer and having lifted three consecutive Eredivisie titles with the Amsterdam club, would appear to be destined to leave the Dutch capital in the coming months.
It had been heavily suggested that Alderweireld could follow in the footsteps of Thomas Vermaelen and Jan Vertonghen in leaving Ajax for the Premier League, an idea the centre half has previously proposed in the past.
Although Alderwiereld's Snr's comments may be a ploy to encourage Leverkusen to commit themselves to a more lucrative contract with the defender, it could provoke renewed interest in the centre half who has amassed 24 international caps for Belgium.