Liverpool deal to sign Nabil Fekir collapses as Lyon end negotiations

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However, following the Premier League side reportedly attempting to change the transfer fee at the eleventh hour, Jurgen Klopp has been left somewhat in the lurch - although, according to the Liverpool Echo, the German has turned his attention towards KAA Gent forward Simon instead.

The France worldwide was expected to join Jurgen Klopp's side before Les Bleus left for the World Cup, but Lyon have now halted talks and called off the deal.

"He's in the middle of negotiations and I think it's done", the FFF president said.

The 24-year-old was being courted by Liverpool as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona in January.

However, Daily Mirror reporter Maddock has insisted that Fekir could still end up being a Liverpool FC player this summer given that the transfer window is far from over.

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Lyon issued a statement on Saturday claiming that there would be no deal and that Fekir would remain at the Ligue 1 club for next season. Listen, they're prepared to sell him, so they're prepared to take money. And if Liverpool can get the price tag right that suits them, then it will happen.

"The club is disappointed that Le Progres didn't go to the effort of contacting us before publishing this false information, which creates confusion on the day the club is publishing its annual figures".

However, reports in France suggested the delay may be down to Lyon's accountancy practices wanting the deal to be completed in the new financial year.

After coming close to signing for Liverpool, Nabil Fekir has switched his attention to the World Cup.

However, it does not look likely that any deal for Fekir will happen whilst France are in the World Cup, with Fekir being named as part of the 23 man squad that will play in Russian Federation. He'd even conducted an interview with the club's in-house tv channel, seemingly explaining the leaked photo of him which did the rounds on Friday.