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Liverpool told to pay up for Moreno

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Liverpool have been told by Sevilla they will have to pay up if they want to sign Alberto Moreno after talks stalled.

Moreno, 21, is a target for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, but hopes of a deal for the left-back faded earlier this month as the Premier League runners-up insisted they would not be held to ransom.

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Sevilla president Jose Castro has said he would not stand in Moreno's way if Liverpool met their valuation of the player, which is said to be £20 million, but insisted he was under no pressure to sell.

"It's true that there is interest from a number of clubs, above all Liverpool, in him, but we haven't had proper conversations about selling him," Castro told Spanish newspaper ABC.

"Signing any player from this club has a price and we will decide that price. If Alberto Moreno has to stay at the club he will stay, but if a club pays the amount we think is big enough for him to leave, he will leave. But there is no pressure."

Rodgers has been keen on Moreno for several months, but sources told ESPN earlier this month that Liverpool thought Sevilla's valuation of the player too high.

Tottenham are also understood to be interested in Moreno, who has three caps for Spain.

Castro added: "We haven't reached an agreement, but talks haven't broken down. We'll wait and see what happens. If Liverpool are interested in the player and pay the right amount, he will be sold."

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