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    Rising_Son wrote:
    jls217 wrote:
    Adam has been talismanic for us however if he wants to go we can either hardball him or agree to give him what he wants. Is he pro enough to just get on with the job in hand if we hardball him? Dunno.

    Apparently one is talking terms this weekend - I've been told who and to whom but I am praying it all turns out to be false and we can relax a little

    Worrying times ahead but Saints FC will still be there if all nine go - there will nine others coming in.
    If that's true, why would be selling now when, in all likelihood, prices will go up as we get closer to the new season? It would seem a really poor way to asset strip. The only way I can make sense of this is if we have a target and want to have money in hand to do that deal. But, even then, it would have to be someone very expensive for us to need to do that because I find it hard to believe that we have a serious liquidity problem.
    Agree with your reasoning - we must have a sizeable amount available already.

    I can only pass on what the agents are saying - surprising as it sounds they sometimes talk with forked tongues but these blokes don't have an interest directly and one was quite categoric --------- is discussing personal terms with -------- --------- this weekend and the deal will be wrapped up quickly.

    Agents are in a frenzy of acitivity agitating for moves for 9 players I can only remember some of the times as I was not in a position to take notes. One has already gone. There was a name on the list that surprised me but the others are all ones you would expect them to circle and no surprises. The quote was that all nine WILL be gone with another one being done this weekend (not SRL)

    I'm bewildered by it all and am hoping against hope that only a tiny part of it is allowed to transpire - but I wouldn't hold my breath."
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Southampton Football Club to remain unmoved by Liverpool bid for captain Adam Lallana

Saints put Liverpool's Lallana ultimatum to the test

Saints put Liverpool's Lallana ultimatum to the test

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Southampton Football Club are to put Liverpool’s word to the test in a bid to hold on to their captain Adam Lallana.

It comes as the Saints captain and the rest of the England squad set off for Miami this afternoon.

The 26-year-old was picture on the plane sitting next to midfield Jack Wilshere on which the Arsenal player posted on the social network site Instagram, below.

Wilshere posted: "Me and Mr Lallana ready for a long flight!"

Basingstoke Gazette:

Liverpool had initially offered £20m for the 26-year-old, but were unable to convince Saints to sell for that amount.

Yesterday it was reported that they have now upped that offer to £25 million in a bid to convince Saints to sell.

The Anfield side are understood to have said that their latest approach is a final one, and have threatened to move onto other targets if the transfer is not concluded before the World Cup.

That is the same tactic they used to help push through a deal for Lallana's club and international teammate, Rickie Lambert, who is expected to complete his switch to Anfield on Monday.

But Saints look likely to hold off on any offer for Lallana before the World Cup.

The club feel they are in a stronger position when it comes to Lallana, and also Luke Shaw (below), with Manchester United making their own final push to sign the left-back before England depart for Brazil.

United have already offered £27m for the 18-year-old and are keen to wrap up a deal before anyone else can swoop in and hijack it, approaching Saints again yesterday to try and move things forward.

Basingstoke Gazette:

The club want to put transfer dealings on hold until a new manager is in place and the World Cup is over.

It is increasingly unlikely that either player will remain at the club this summer, but Saints feel under less pressure to deal with those matters quickly than they did with Lambert.

Even if they do feel a sale is inevitable, the club know that interest will not disappear and their values may even rise in Brazil.

When they reach Florida Roy Hodgson's squad will take part in a pre-World Cup training camp, before jetting off to South America next Sunday.

Hodgson has said he will allow clubs to send out staff to Florida to conduct medicals in the players' free time if absolutely necessary, but nothing will be allowed once England head to Brazil.

That leaves just a week for any transfers to be completed, although even once the squad depart today it will become increasingly difficult.

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