Adam Lallana is expected to complete his move to Liverpool ‘within the next 24 hours’, according to BBC Sport.
Liverpool have been linked with Lallana since the end of last season, having had two bids rejected for the Saints ace before the World Cup. However, it now appears that a fee has been agreed with the England international set to undergo a medical at the Merseyside giants shortly.
At the age of 12, Lallana was snapped up by Southampton’s academy from the AFC Bournemouth Centre of Excellence. As part of the deal, Southampton paid a compensation fee and it is believed that 25% of Lallana's transfer proceedings will go to the club.
Progressing through Southampton’s youth ranks, the Saints skipper made his first team debut in August 2006 against Yeovil Town in the League Cup before going on to become part of the Southampton side that won successive promotions from League 1 and the Championship in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
With the midfielder impressing in last year’s campaign after a string of quality performances, Lallana was named in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad for the 2014 World Cup.
Though this ended disappointingly with England crashing out at the group stage, Lallana was one of the bright sparks in England’s three games and is set to feature in the national side for years to come.
A good move for both sides?
With the likes of Phillipe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez holding responsibility for driving Liverpool’s creative department last season, Brendan Rodgers has strengthened options at his disposal as the upcoming campaign will see Liverpool compete in the Champions League for the first time in almost five years.
With the added pressure of domestic cups and an attempt to win the league for the first time in decades, this move will ensure that Liverpool have the capacity to compete on all fronts.
More reinforcements such as Xherdan Shaqiri and Alexis Sanchez have been linked to help fill the void left by Victor Moses returning to his parent club Chelsea and the potential departure of Suarez, but signing Lallana has sent a bold message to rivals that Liverpool are ready to compete again.
Southampton fans are likely to be slightly frustrated with the departure of Lallana despite the club’s firm stance in an attempt to keep him. He is the latest in many high-profile summer movers and joins Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Rickie Lambert (Liverpool) and even former manager Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) in leaving the club.
On the other hand, the Saints’ transfer revenue is estimated to now stand at around £56 million, allowing some funds for new boss Ronald Koeman to spend on some much needed reinforcements.
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