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Liverpool: Reds Close To Lallana Signing

Liverpool appear to be edging towards securing a pre-World Cup deal for England international Adam Lallana...

According to well-placed reports emanating today, including from the BBC and local media on the South Coast, Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Adam Lallana from Southampton.

The club's interest in the midfielder is well known but the Reds now appear keen to act quickly and wrap up a deal before this summer's World Cup starts in Brazil.

Indeed some sources, such as the Daily Mail and Daily Star, believe an agreement could be in place by this time next week when the 26-year-old travels to Portugal for an England training camp.

The publications also state the player has set his heart on moving to Anfield despite interest from elsewhere.

Lallana has certainly made no secret of his desire to test himself at the highest level and commented in Southampton's match day programme on Sunday: "I'm ambitious. I want to one day play in the Champions League."

Although refusing to be drawn on the mounting speculation last week, Kop boss Brendan Rodgers did acknowledge the player was 'a terrific young talent'.

The former Bournemouth youngster has enjoyed an impressive season at St Mary's, playing 42 times and scoring 10 goals.

The Saints finished a highly commendable eighth on 56 points and Lallana's fine form earned him the club's Player of the Year accolade and a place in the PFA's Premier League Team of the Year.

A Three Lions debut against Chile in November was followed by subsequent appearances against Germany and Denmark.

Such has been his impact on the international stage, many observers are even tipping Lallana for a starting birth when Roy Hodgson's squad get their World Cup campaign underway against Italy in Manaus on 14 June.

Deciding to make a move will not have been easy for the Saints captain who joined the club as a schoolboy and made his senior debut way back in 2006.

The general consensus seems to conclude the transfer will be worth upwards of 20million.

Regardless of the cost and how quickly any outstanding details can be ironed out, no transfers can be officially completed until the next window opens on 1 July.

Vital Verdict
Although it's still too early to get carried away, as we've seen with prospective transfers in the past, Lallana is an impressively rounded player who I rate very highly. Rodgers is very keen to have players who can combine technique with hard work and Lallana would fit the mould perfectly. Ideally I wouldn't want to spend the quoted figure on him, if at all possible, but given he is a known quantity and we have the additional money from Champions League qualification it isn't an outrageous sum either. Also, as much as I'm a fan of Lallana, I hope the club is prioritising the defence and a new defensive midfielder as these areas are a far more pressing concern.

Likelihood (out of 5):
Four and a half



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Writer: Gavin Kelley-Day Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 12 2014

Time: 7:32PM

Your Comments

I don't think my Saints mates at work like me too much. I've been saying we should sign him all season. Would be a great buy.
RafaTheGaffer
Why would Southampton sell him, certainly not money, one of the richest club owners in the country
Will Tanner
Because the player said in the pre-match programme that he wanted to play CL football. As I'm on the south coast, I've got quite a few Saints fans and always said to them this transfer window will say an awful lot about Southampton. They have a great young English squad that can really progress, but can they stop the top clubs coming in with serious money?
RafaTheGaffer
The owner may be rich but she's not interested in football and is only there because she inherited it from her father. If the manager and the likes of Luke Shaw are also leaving then his reasons for staying are even less. Don't get me wrong, I really like Southampton and they've had a great season but Liverpool and the Champions League is still a notable step up.
The Bagman
 

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