Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers revealed at the weekend just how close the Reds were to signing Dele Alli.
Speaking to Goals on Sunday [via SkySports' website], Rodgers explained how Alli even visited Merseyside to discuss a deal and claimed he was keen on a move.
Now The Mail has reported the financial offer which caused the deal to break down, with the Reds offering only £4,000 per week.
The report reads: "It's understood Liverpool's American owners regarded Alli, quickly emerging as one of the stand-out stars in the Premier League, to be just a promising Under 21 prospect and were going to pay him accordingly — about £4,000 a week."
Alli last week signed a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur, upping his wages to £25,000 per week, an increase from the £10,000 per week he was on when he signed for the North London side, reported The Mail - more than double Liverpool's proposal.
The midfielder has blossomed since joining Spurs, earning an England call-up and even being in line to figure at Euro 2016.
Alli is looking like the Steven Gerrard replacement Liverpool really should have signed, and discovering how close they were to doing a deal before botching negotiations only makes the near miss seem even more frustrating.