Liverpool have seen a £45 million bid rejected for Romeo Lavia and will weigh up an increased offer to get closer to Southampton’s asking price.

The Belgium midfielder, 19, has been the subject of three bids for him to join Jurgen Klopp’s squad ahead of the Premier League season. The latest terms are an improvement from the £41 million offered last week and include add-ons.

Southampton have been holding out for £50 million for the player they signed from Manchester City for £10.5 million a year ago.

He is expected to move back to the Premier League after relegation to the Championship but his club have held firm on asking prices for their players including Lavia and James Ward-Prowse who is wanted at West Ham.

Klopp has been in the market for a midfielder after Jordan Henderson and Fabinho secured moves to the Saudi Pro League this summer.

Burnley in talks to sign Norway midfielder Berge

Burnley are in talks over a deal for Norway midfielder Sander Berge after targeting him as he enters the final year of his contract at Sheffield United.

Vincent Kompany has turned to the 25-year-old as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of Friday night’s Premier League opener against Manchester City.

Berge was previously subject of interest from Fulham in the January window when he was valued between £20 million and £25 million, but a move did not progress. He has also been on the shortlist of Newcastle.

The former Genk midfielder will undergo a medical at Burnley’s HQ at Barnfield should a fee get agreed between the clubs. Losing Berge would be a blow to Blades manager Paul Heckingbottom having also seen Iliman Ndiaye leave for Marseille.

Kompany is also looking at forwards and has eyed Leeds United’s Wilfried Gnonto although there is nothing close on the player who is also on Everton’s radar. Sheffield United forward Daniel Jebbison is another youngster Everton are considering.

Fulham keen to heal Mitrovic rift

Fulham are expecting Aleksandar Mitrovic to stay at Craven Cottage beyond the transfer deadline in Saudi Arabia next month and are taking steps to integrate him back into Marco Silva’s squad.

The Serbia striker, 28, was training on his own earlier in pre-season — Silva described it as “not working properly with his team-mates” — when a £25 million bid came in from Al-Hilal to play in the Saudi Pro League.

But Silva is now planning for Mitrovic to be part of his squad when Fulham’s season starts with their Premier League fixture at Everton on Saturday.

Mitrovic made it clear that he wanted the opportunity to play in Saudi Arabia when the bid came in but Al-Hilal are not willing to meet Fulham’s valuation of more than £50 million for a player in his peak years as a forward who scored 15 times last season.

He came off the bench in a pre-season friendly against Hoffenheim this weekend and is set to be part of the preparations ahead of the Goodison Park trip.

Fulham’s transfer priorities are in other positions in the final three weeks of the window. Silva wants Belgium international Timothy Castagne as his priority in the right-back position, with Leicester only selling for the right price. Norwich’s Max Aarons was looked at earlier in the summer.

In attacking areas, Everton’s Demarai Gray has been the subject of offers and Callum Hudson-Odoi is wanted from Chelsea.

Luton make move for goalkeeper Ruddy

Luton have made an approach to Birmingham for John Ruddy as they look to finalise their goalkeepers ahead of the Premier League starting.

Ruddy, 36, was players’ player of the season at St Andrew’s last season and started in the draw against Swansea at the weekend. He would not be guaranteed a first-team place at Kenilworth Road as Thomas Kaminski has arrived from Blackburn, but he would compete for the No.1 jersey.