Liverpool will shortly switch focus to other transfer targets if they are not able to wrap up the signing of Southampton captain Adam Lallana.
This is according to reports from ESPN, which claim that Liverpool are looking to complete a deal worth £25 million for the England international and are waiting for either the player or the club to respond.
Crucially, the same source also suggests that Liverpool - who completed a deal to sign Saints favourite Rickie Lambert earlier this week - are not willing to raise their offer for Lallana any higher, something that could force the South Coast club into a decision.
This particular transfer saga has been raging on ever since the end of a 2013/14 Premier League campaign during which Lallana proved his significant worth with a series of tireless and effective displays for a Southampton side that were praised for their expansive football under former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Many potential sticking points have been mooted during recent weeks, with some speculation even suggesting that Lallana - a fans favourite at St Mary's who has been with the club since 2000 - may even have to submit a transfer request to his current employers in order to get the process moving quicker.
While Lallana may well be keen to make the switch to Anfield to join up with Brendan Rodgers and test himself at the very highest levels of European football, such a request would surely be difficult for the 26-year-old to followthrough with given that it would presumably risk tarnishing the bond he shares with the majority of Southampton's fanbase that has been fostered since the days when the Saints were languishing seemingly without hope down in League One.
Lallana may be forced to resort to such drastic measures however, with a potential switch to Liverpool seemingly hanging in the balance with the Southampton hierarchy having so far given little indication to suggest that they would be content to part with their talismanic captain for the sort of price Liverpool are keen to pay.