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    Confucious wrote:
    Clever Dick wrote:
    Blimey. Where are all the doom mongers and whingers this morning . I haven'theard of hundreds of mass suicides in the Southampton area yet. Perhaps they are all sleeping off yesterday's drunken rants and insults. Looks like the club did make an exception over player transfers with regards to Sir Rickie. Good luck to him. I think we will see him make some pretty emotional comments on Monday when he signs for the northern thieves. As for Adam tell them to do one. Poch will probably come in and offer £30mil anyway, thus disproving the theory he want C/L football. It's about money. Victor Wanyama left a side guaranteed of C/L football by virtue of the fact that the SPL is a mickey mouse league, and he came to Saints. Why? Cos he got more money. PS If we value Adam at £30 mil the price to the Spuds should be £40mil.
    Yeah, more cheerful so far today. I think the doomsters are out with lighted candles looking for gas leaks under St Marys.

    I laced my Auntie Elspeth's breakfast with cat food this morning and it's done wonders for my spirit.
    you wait till Mrs Wilson gets hold of you in the morning you ll be reduced to cats ****.Couldnt happen to a nicer fella.Arfff..."
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Southampton Football Club to remain unmoved by Liverpool bid for captain Adam Lallana

Basingstoke Gazette: Saints put Liverpool's Lallana ultimatum to the test Saints put Liverpool's Lallana ultimatum to the test

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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