Romero closer to Liverpool after he rejects Moscow move

Sergio Romero

Liverpool have received a reprieve in their bid to sign Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero after he turned down the advances of Dynamo Moscow.

Liverpool's procrastination over a possible move for Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero doesn't appear to have cost them.

It had seemed that Romero could be taken away by Russian club Dynamo Moscow, but it has emerged from Il Secolo XIX that the Argentine international has vetoed the transfer.

There have been reports that Liverpool have already had a £1.6 million bid accepted by Sampdoria but not followed up to close out a deal.

It is possible that negotiations for Mario Balotelli distracted them from filling the space vacated by Pepe Reina, who signed for Bayern Munich.

Romero is likely to leave Sampdoria one way or another and nearly joined Benfica before a deal collapsed, leaving the Portuguese giants to turn to Julio Cesar instead.

The competition from Dynamo may give Liverpool the jolt they need to return to the table and try and complete the signing.

At present Liverpool have a lack of competition to Simon Mignolet between the posts with only Brad Jones fighting for the gloves.

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