Liverpool have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign Southampton star Adam Lallana, reports suggest.
This is according to The Sunday People, who claim that the Premier League leaders have edged in front of their bitter rivals in this particular transfer chase after coming up with an offer of £50,000-per-week to the player.
25-year-old Saints captain Lallana - a proud product of Southampton's impressive youth academy - has proved a revelation on the South Coast in recent years, helping the club complete their unlikely fairytale journey from League One to the upper echelons of the Premier League.
This season has been a particularly impressive one for Lallana, with the versatile midfielder having surely forced his way into England's World Cup squad with a series of exciting and dynamic displays at St. Mary's.
Given that he is the club's most important player and has been an instrumental figure in Southampton's terrific 2013/14 campaign, it is understandable that Mauricio Pochettino will be keen to keep hold of Lallana beyond the summer.
However, just whether that will be possible with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United queuing up for his services remains to be seen.
Liverpool - who are now many people's favourites to win the Premier League for the first time in over two decades following a tremendous run of form under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers - are evidently a club back on the rise and will be able to offer Lallana Champions League football next term.
While you would assume Manchester United - who are widely expected to have significant sums to lavish on new players at the end of the season - would be able to match such an offer in terms of wages, it could be that their abject failure to secure a place in Europe's elite club competition for the first time since 1995 could prove detrimental to their hopes of attracting such quality players to Old Trafford in the short-term.
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