Liverpool remain hopeful of capturing Southampton skipper Adam Lallana prior to the World Cup but the clubs still need to agree a fee, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The Reds started negotiations with a bid of £20million for the England midfielder last month however talks are still ongoing with the Saints, who are holding out for a fee in the region of £25million.
As Lallana prepares to head for Brazil for the World Cup next month, talks are expected to continue over the next few days with Liverpool ideally looking to seal the deal as soon as possible. Sources claim that that the 26-year-old is keen on a move to Anfield and Southampton are willing to let him go if the price is right.
Manchester United are also interested in the talented star and could yet come in with an offer to compete with Liverpool. Lallana has made over 250 appearances in Saints colours since his debut in August 2006 aged just 18 against Yeovil Town in the Carling Cup.
Since then he has gone on to score 60 goals and seen Southampton rise from the depths of League 1 to the highs of a top ten finish in the Premier League.
Another Saints player, Dejan Lovren has also been targeted by Brendan Rodgers although a deal with the Croatian defender would have no bearing on Lallana’s transfer.
Lovren told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti: "I follow the media and I saw that Liverpool is allegedly interested in me. But that is all that I know so far.
"I feel great at Southampton and my contract is valid for the next three years.
"So the only thing I can say right now is that the club is the one who decides."
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