Adam Lallana may have to submit a formal transfer request if he is to leave Southampton and realise a move to Liverpool this summer.
The Reds are currently locked in negotiations with the Saints over a move for the 26-year-old midfielder but the fee is proving a stumbling point.
Southampton are holding out for a fee of around £30 million with Liverpool's opening offer being £25 million.
Reports suggest Liverpool won't raise their offer and Lallana may only be able to engineer a move should he hand in an official transfer request.
Moreover, Southampton are hoping their prize asset will garner more interest during the World Cup as Bournemouth will bank 25 per cent of any Lallana transfer fee.
Southampton confirmed today they will do all they can to keep their best players at the club beyond the summer, and have refused to engage in any further negotiations until after they have appointed a new manager to replace Mauricio Pochettino, who resigned at the back end of last month to take over at Tottenham Hotspur.
"We are deep in the process of appointing a new manager who will continue to move our club forward," read the Saints statement. "It remains our preference not to partake in any transfers until the new manager is in place.
"There may be circumstances under which the club will feel it is right for a player to move on. Those circumstances have to be right for the club and the player. This is the case with Rickie's [Lambert] move to Liverpool."
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