ESPN are today reporting that Adam Lallana may be forced to hand in a transfer request in order to force through negotiations between Southampton and Liverpool.
Multiple reports have suggested that Liverpool have made a £25million bid for Lallana, who has been in sparkling form for both club and country over the last year, culminating in a call up to Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad.
The local media in Southampton are said to be reporting that Lallana is becoming increasingly frustrated by his club's stubborn approach and believes that a transfer request should break the deadlock in negotiations. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to sort out the majority of his transfer business before the start of the World Cup in order to avoid the manic post-tournament rush and Lallana represents a big part of his plans moving into next season.
Lallana’s teammate Luke Shaw – a well publicised transfer target for Manchester United – is also due to arrive in the host country with England on Sunday and manager Roy Hodgson has made it clear that he wants his squad fully focused on the finals rather than transfer speculation.
It appears that Southampton are hopeful that their players will attract significant interest during the upcoming World Cup and seem determined to get the best price available, partly due to the fact that Bournemouth will be due 25% of any Lallana fee thanks to a sell-on clause.
The transfer of Rickie Lambert has shown a different stance from Southampton who are said to have been very open to Lambert’s departure, but insist they will stand firm on other players targeted for transfers until they appoint a new manager.
Both Shaw and Lallana will be hoping that United and Liverpool, offer significant enough transfer fees to wrap up their moves away from the south coast and both players will be eagerly anticipating what awaits in the most exciting three months of their careers.
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