Liverpool remain keen on Fulham star Clint Dempsey, but they need to sell players in order to fund the deal.
The 29-year-old has been frozen out at Craven Cottage as he pushes for a move, but his asking price has so far put off potential bidders.
The Cottagers want in excess of £10million for the USA international, prompting Liverpool to cool their interest in the forward.
They feel that the price is too much for a player of his age as he will have little sell-on value.
However, a deal could be resurrected should Fulham drop their asking price to around £8million, though that also depends on how many Anfield squad players can be offloaded.
The Reds are prepared to listen to offers for both Charlie Adam and Joe Cole, though the latter's £100,000 a week wages could prove a stumbling block.
Record signing Andy Carroll is also unlikely to feature in boss Brendan Rodgers' long-term plans, with West Ham and Newcastle linked with the England man.
Both clubs have had attempts to sign the player on-loan with a view to a £12million deal next summer rejected.
With the Merseyside club keen to recoup as much of the £35million as possible a move in this transfer window appears unlikely unless a significantly higher offer is made.