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    Costa Baz wrote:
    @ jls217
    The nine players, whose names you won't name. Could they be the same nine players that were named in a very badly written Mirror article, yesterday, that said we needed to sell all of them owing to our financial problems?
    Just asking, because if his awareness of our financial situation is any indication as to the quality of his "in the know" knowledge, then he knows jack.

    Regarding the ongoing sagas of Shaw and Lallana, rejecting an offer does not have to mean we are negotiating or haggling for a better deal. It means that the offer to buy has been declined. End of.

    I agree with those that say "make them request a transfer". Let the players, that are subject to all this attention show the fans that THEY are rejecting The Saints in favour of another club.

    Would rejecting their transfer request mean that they wouldn't try next season?
    Maybe, maybe not, but a strong manager making them turn out for the U21 team, putting international call ups at risk and having team mates having a go at them for affecting their win bonuses, may sort that out.
    Plus, are they the type of person that would be happy wearing the mantle of "trouble causer"?

    I would definitely call their bluff.
    Doubt it mate. These are the sort of people and this one in particular who make the gossip happen they don't go to the papers gossip columns.

    He seemed to think it would happen because this is what the agents wanted, he knows the football world and he knows Saints are quite well off financially.

    I don't like all this I know someone who's related who cleans the car of ... stuff and when I hear it I usually just glaze over and either don't listen or don't read it. I don't blame anyone else for feeling the same way.

    Just for once I get info and not from any club source so there is no hidden agenda. I can't read their minds so can't say 100% gospel but if I were a betting man I'd be prepared to put a quid or two on his knowledge/assessment
    . Like I said I only got to ask a couple of questions as spent most of the time just listening.

    Let me say again I can only hope Saints can say no to most of it because it is devastating news, or at least work a suitable player/money exchange to our advantage. I've been ultra positive about the situation up till yesterday and not so sure any more.

    If we could hear a player or two say quite categorically, "I'm staying at Saints and don't want to go anywhere" would be very re-assuring but has anyone done that yet? That concerns me."
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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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