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Liverpool reportedly fail in late £12m bid for Fiorentina-bound attacker

Liverpool have reportedly failed in a bid to sign Josip Ilicic.

Liverpool fans may be wondering where the club is going in terms of major transfer business after missing out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with manager Brendan Rodgers stating at the end of last week he was their top target this summer.

Who they go for now is unclear, while reports in Italy have claimed they have missed out on another possible attacking midfielder.

Various outlets are claiming that the Reds made a late approach to hijack the transfer of Josip Ilicic.

Ilicic, 25, was part of the Palermo side which was relegated to Serie B last season, despite his best efforts to avert that fate.

The Slovenian scored 11 goals and provided two assists during 2012/13, and has been identified by Fiorentina as the replacement for Stevan Jovetic.

Palermo's outspoken president Mauro Zamperini confirmed at the end of last week that a deal was almost done, and is expected to be confirmed next week.

Italian site EuropaCalcio writes: "Liverpool tried a last-minute offer for the talented Slovenian, offering Palermo € 12 million, some 2.5 higher than the offer of purple (Fiorentina) , but the player has reiterated firmly, he wants to play in Tuscany and does not take into account other routes."

If accurate, it's a slight disappointment for the Reds, but not exactly a crushing one.

With Rodgers confirming last week that Mkhitaryan was their one major target, it's likely a late enquiry for Ilicic was a bit of an after-thought, especially considering how late in the day they moved for him.

What it could show, is that Liverpool intend to remain active in the transfer market and that there could still be some more additions to come.

Liverpool fans, who do you want to see brought in between now and the start of the season?

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