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Inaki Williams ready to knock back £44.5m Liverpool interest but Reds to be offered £100k-a-week alternative in January

Liverpool’s hopes of signing Inaki Williams appear to have been dashed.

Spanish publication AS report that Williams, 22, is planning a long stay with current club Athletic Bilbao, despite Liverpool reportedly being keen to activate his £44.5m release clause.

When asked about Liverpool’s interest in him, Williams told AS: “I’m happy at Athletic. It’s where I want to be. I am very grateful to the fans, the club and my team mates. I want to continue here for many more years. I want to be Athletic’s future no.9 – the player who raises the roof at San Mames every week and scores lot of goals.”

Although Williams now seems to be off the table, Liverpool could still be able to bolster their attack in the New Year – not that it needs much bolstering, having scored 28 goals in 11 games this season.

According to the Daily Star, the agent of Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne plans to instigate talks with the Reds with a view to a January transfer for the 25-year-old, who has seen negotiations over a new contract with the Serie A side stall over his £100,000-a-week wage demands.

Insigne would be a good fit for Jurgen Klopp’s side as he has the stamina and work-rate required to press high and hard, as well as the flair and goal-gettings instincts that saw him find the net 12 times in Serie A last season, as well as providing 10 assists.

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