Southampton have dug-in their heels over Liverpool's potential move for their captain Adam Lallana after upping the asking price to £25 million as it emerged AFC Bournemouth will have to be paid off, according to the Metro.
The Reds are favourites to land the 26-year-old who is out training with England ahead of the World Cup this summer and have already lodged a £20 million offer for the creative midfielder.
However, the Saints are looking to recoup as much money as possible for their star player after it was revealed that their Hampshire neighbours AFC Bournemouth will be due a slice of the transfer fee.
Lallana left the Cherries for Southampton as a youngster before returning on-loan in 2007 to make three league appearances. The Championship outfit have a clause from the deal that means a whooping 25% of any transfer fee will be due their way.
As Southampton wanted to pocket £20 million from Lallana's potential move themselves, they have asked the Anfield outfit to add an extra £5 million if they want to land him.
The news will come as a blow to Liverpool as they prepare to boost their squad for a return to the Champions League after they only just missed out on a first Premier League title.
Lallana is one of manager Brendan Rodgers' priority targets and the Merseysiders had hoped to seal a move before the World Cup begins in Brazil next month.
The extra money could end their hopes of landing the midfielder though, as they continue to chase a number of other targets.
Meanwhile the south coasters face a fight to hold on to a whole host of their first-team after an impressive campaign.