Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has revealed his side ended their interest in signing Fabio Borini due to Liverpool forward's high wage demands.
The 23-year-old spent the last season on loan at Sunderland and was constantly linked with a move to the Stadium of Light on a permanent transfer. The Black Cats had agreed a deal with the Merseyside club for the Italian player's services.
However, Borini rejected a chance to join Sunderland and was linked with a deadline day move to QPR. The former Tottenham Hotspur manager was looking for a Loic Remy replacement after the French international completed his switch to Chelsea in the final days of the window.
Redknapp had set his sights on Borini and Liverpool allowed their player to discuss with the Hoops. However, the former AS Roma forward turned down the chance to make a switch to Loftus Road as the west London club could not meet his wage demands.
"We tried with Fabio Borini. We agreed a deal with Liverpool and everything was sorted with the club but we just couldn't agree terms with the boy. We couldn't get anywhere near [the wages] he was asking for," Redknapp told talkSPORT.
"His wages were way, way, way out of reach. Believe me, they were big wages. We just couldn't get near him," QPR manager added.
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has stressed that he has informed Borini regarding his position at Anfield. The Northern Irishman feels a move away from the Reds would have been a better option for the forward.
"I think Fabio's situation is clear. All the players who there have been doubts about know exactly where they are at," Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo.
"For him, it's best to move on and get playing regularly. But that's something he has to decide," he added.