Liverpool's signing of Iago Aspas is being blocked by the Spanish Football Federation in a legal row over the player's representation, reports the Daily Mirror. And according to emails seen by MirrorSport, Reds managing director Ian Ayre continued to negotiate with unauthorised agents over the deal even after discovering that he was not dealing with the player's official FIFA-licensed representatives.

A Liverpool spokesman said: "There was a complication with the paperwork. For the deal to be completed both FAs have to release the paperwork and we are waiting for that to happen. However, we are confident that will be done shortly."