Salary negotiation- after I’ve provided a salary expectation range
I have been unemployed for 3 months and received an offer from an former contractor to work at his creative agency. He insisted on me providing a salary expectation ( prior to being interviewed by the team),I gave a reasonable range given what the market says & what I know the previous person in that position was making ( my range started with what the position offered the previous employee). I was told my range was too off the mark but that I would be a valuable asset to the team. How do I let him know that I knew the previous salary and why he would not compensate me the same?