Liverpool are set to announce the capture of Southampton's Adam Lallana for a fee in the region of £25m.
That's according to the Daily Telegraph, who report that talks between Liverpool and Southampton are now at an "advanced stage." He looks set to be the third high profile exit at Southampton this summer, with Luke Shaw closing in on a move to Manchester United.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with Lallana since the mid-way point of last season, when the England international was enjoying his best period of football in the Premier League.
His performances as Southampton captain attracted attention from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool, but the Anfield club have always been the most serious suitors.
They reportedly submitted a bid for the player before the World Cup, but Saints were under no pressure to sell and rebuffed the bid, preferring to wait until they had appointed a new manager.
Mauricio Pochettino's replacement has been confirmed as Dutchman Ronald Koeman. That has led to the reopening of talks over Luke Shaw and Lallana, with Shaw set to be confirmed as a Manchester United player later this week, possibly today.
Heading for a medical
And the Daily Telegraph report talks over Lallana have progressed to the point that the midfielder has travelled up to Merseyside ahead of a medical later today.
His impressive season at St Mary's led to a spot in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad, while both Shaw and Lallana were named in the Professional Footballers Association Team of the Year.
As part of the deal, Lallana's former club Bournemouth are reportedly entitled to 25 per cent of the fee. Lallana will link up with his former Southampton teammate Rickie Lambert at Anfield, the first first-team player to leave Saints this summer.
The England striker joined his boyhood club for £4m before the World Cup kicked off earlier this month.
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