Adam Lallana to Liverpool: England midfielder tells Southampton he wants to leave following £25m offer from Liverpool
Lallana has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool but Southampton have delayed making a decision on the Reds' offer after seeing Rickie Lambert leave on Monday
Adam Lallana is reported to have informed Southampton that he wants to leave the club as they continue to consider a final £25m offer from Liverpool, but has stopped short at handing in a transfer request.
The 27-year-old is currently in Miami with the rest of the England squad ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, but he is reported to have made his feelings clear to the Saints’ hierarchy as he seeks a move to a Champions League club.
According to the BBC, Lallana will not formally hand in a transfer request to the club that named him captain in 2012 – under former manager Nigel Adkins – but he will push the club to accept Liverpool’s £25m offer. Should they do so, Lallana would become the second Saints player to join the Reds this summer after striker Rickie Lambert secured a £4m plus add-ons move to his hometown club on Monday.
With reports emerging on Sunday night that Liverpool had made a “final” offer for the England international, Southampton issued a statement yesterday that stressed they would not partake in any other transfer business other than Lambert’s exit until a replacement was appointed for recently departed manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentinian was named the new Tottenham manager last month, with Dutchman Ronald Koeman currently the favourite to takeover at St Mary’s.
Lallana enjoyed a tremendous 2013-14 season that saw him score nine goals in all 38 Premier League games and propel himself into England’s starting line-up contention for the World Cup. His rise through the England squad is all the more impressive given that his 73-minute appearance during Friday’s friendly victory over Peru was just his fourth senior appearance for the Three Lions.
Read more: Lambert joins Liverpool for £4m plus add-ons
Southampton statement after Lambert leaves
Lambert gives heartfelt goodbye to fans
But with the transfer saga beginning to drag, the prospect that Lallana will not have his future resolved before England’s World Cup campaign is becoming a very realistic one, and that will not go down well with manager Roy Hodgson who has previously stated that he would prefer all of his squad to have their post-World Cup plans secured before the tournament gets underway.
Another of Lallana’s team-mates who could leave the south coast this summer is 18-year-old Luke Shaw, who has attracted significant interest from Manchester United. The Red Devils have already bid £27m for the teenager who will also be involved in the World Cup having ousted Ashley Cole from the England squad, but progress in talks between the two clubs has been slow as they appeared to break down last week.
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