Premier League leaders Leicester City still want to sign Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa despite having an initial bid rejected by CSKA Moscow, BBC Sport understands.
The Russian side have rejected a $21.6m (£15.1m) offer as they hold out for a fee closer to their $27m (£18.9m) valuation of the forward.
The 23-year-old is believed to be open to a move to Leicester.
The Nigeria captain has a $32.5m (£22.8m) buyout clause in his contract, which runs until 2019.
Leicester are expected to return with an improved bid for the player before the transfer window closes on 1 February.
A former VVV Venlo player, Musa has scored 10 goals in 29 games this season and 11 times in 56 appearances for Nigeria.