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    OSPREYSAINT wrote:
    search for the truth wrote:
    Adam Lallana wants to go to Liverpool so that he can play top flight football, not accepting that fact will do Southampton no good at all.
    An unhappy player will not be able to give his all to Southampton in the coming season.
    Is that what he told you or have you been listening to tittle tattle again?
    Liverpool Echo today...............

    Rickie Lambert will be announced as a Liverpool player tomorrow – but the move for his Southampton team-mate Adam Lallana is poised to drag on.

    Lambert will become Brendan Rodgers’ first major signing of the summer after passing a medical and agreeing terms on a two-year contract.

    The 32-year-old Kirkby-born forward arrived at the city’s Spire Hospital at around nine o’clock yesterday morning and was then taken to Melwood ahead of a flight back down to Southampton later in the afternoon.

    The Reds had already agreed a fee in the region of £4million with Southampton, with the transfer completed tomorrow when the relevant paperwork is registered.

    However, Liverpool’s pursuit of Lallana has reached an impasse with the Saints digging in their heels over the 26-year-old midfielder.

    Adam Lallana with England
    Southampton rejected the Reds’ opening bid of £20m and have shown no signs of accepting an improved final offer of £25m.

    The Saints are seeking top dollar as they must pass on a 25% of the fee to Lallana’s former club Bournemouth.

    Lallana is being courted by several other teams – including Tottenham Hotspur, now managed by his former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino – but the player would prefer to play Champions League football at Anfield next season.

    Lambert spoke briefly at Liverpool Airport before flying back south following yesterday’s medical.

    “The medical went well but as you know I can’t say anything,” he said. “I’ll speak properly about it, hopefully, very shortly.

    “It’s been a crazy football year to be honest, the way it’s carrying on.”

    Having helped Saints to two promotions and then impressing in the Premier League, he admits he will leave St Mary’s with a heavy heart.

    He said: “There’s lots of emotions as you can imagine so it’s something I need to address and obviously I will address all parties when I get the chance.”

    Liverpool were keen to conclude negotiations with Lambert heading off to England’s pre-World Cup training camp in the United States today.

    With Lallana also part of Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad , the Reds are likely to face a wait before discovering the outcome of their prolonged pursuit of the midfielder.

    Meanwhile, both Lambert and Lallana come up against surprise opposition at the World Cup in the form of Liverpool centre-back Sebastian Coates.

    Coates suffered a serious knee injury in August and spent the second half of last season back home in Uruguay on loan at Nacional to continue his rehabilitation.

    And a clutch of performances in recent weeks has been enough to earn Coates a place in Uruguay’s World Cup squad along with Luis Suarez."
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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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