Southampton have been granted a two-hour extension as they look to pull off a late, late move for Danny Ings.
It was reported by the Echo‘s James Pearce earlier on Thursday that the Saints, along with fellow suitor Crystal Palace, had decided against pursuing a £20million deal and that, as a result, Ings was set to stay put.
But Mark Hughes’ side have changed their stance, and are now in a race against time to secure the Englishman’s services.
It is understood that a loan, with a later option to buy, is on the cards.
Divock Origi, meanwhile, could remain at Anfield despite being put up for sale after a series of uninspiring pre-season performances.
The club slapped a £27million asking price on the Belgian, who spent last season on loan at Wolfsburg, but his suitors may be reluctant meet that demand.
There is European interest in Origi, meaning he still has until the end of the month to seal a move, whether temporary or permanent.
However, Dominic King of the Mail believes he may well stay at Liverpool.
Going to be a very quiet dat at @LFC so they won’t ANNOUNCE FEKIR. Unlikely to be any departures, either. For all the interest in Danny Ings, no firm bids have arrived. European window means plenty of time to offload players. Wouldn’t rule out Divock Origi staying for season ?
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) August 9, 2018
Daniel Sturridge’s pre-season revival means he is likely to play second-fiddle to Roberto Firmino, as opposed to Origi, provided he stays fit.