The English football club Liverpool have turned down a transfer request from Fernando Torres hours after Kenny Dalglish made his first major transfer impact in his second spell as manager by agreeing to sign Uruguay forward Luis Suarez.
The club, who have agreed to buy Suarez from Ajax Amsterdam for 50 million dollars, have made it clear they intend to keep Spanish striker Torres.
Yesterday Liverpool turned down what media reported was a British record fee of around 80 million dollars for the forward from Chelsea.
Torres has struggled for form this season but has looked sharper since Dalglish took over from Roy Hodgson on an interim basis this month, helping to lift Liverpool up to seventh in the Premier League with back-to-back wins.
If Liverpool can persuade Torres to stay they will end up with a potent strikeforce thanks to the addition of 24-year-old Suarez, who scored 111 goals in 159 Ajax appearances.