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    Quote from Liverpool Echo today Lallana may have to force Reds transfer • Jun 02, 2014 07:31 Liverpool FC's pursuit of Adam Lallana could hinge on whether the Southampton captain is willing to hand in a transfer request to force through a move to Anfield. But the Reds have not yet given up hope of landing the England midfielder before the World Cup gets underway later this month. A final “take it or leave it” offer of £25m was tabled for Lallana on Friday, with Liverpool eager to bring the 26-year-old to Merseyside. As yet, there has been no formal response to that bid from Southampton, who are in no rush to part with their prized asset. The South Coast club are understood to be looking for a fee closer to £30m, with 25% owed to Bournemouth as part of a sell-on clause. An opening £20m offer was turned down last month. Lallana flew to the USA with Roy Hodgson's England squad on Sunday, as they head for a week-long training camp in Miami. He is expected to feature in their friendly matches with Ecuador and Honduras, having started the win over Peru at Wembley on Friday. Now, there is a growing feeling that Liverpool's chances of landing Lallana may rest on whether the St Albans-born midfielder is willing to hand in a formal transfer request at St Mary's. The player is keen to move to Anfield, and is desperate to play Champions League football after two excellent seasons for Saints in the Premier League. It is understood that Lallana and his representatives have been left disappointed at Southampton's lack of co-operation over the deal. Liverpool, for their part, are still hopeful that a deal can be thrashed out before the World Cup gets underway in 10 days' time. They would be willing to fly staff to Miami or Brazil in order to complete a medical with Lallana, if necessary. Hodgson has repeatedly stated his desire that his World Cup players sort their futures out before the tournament, and though he would not be willing to allow players to leave the camp, he would have no problem with Liverpool officials travelling in to discuss personal terms and conduct a medical. If their pursuit of Lallana is unsuccessful, then Liverpool have indicated they will turn their attention to alternative targets, including Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri.
    Note to LFC pay up or shut up, simple."
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Saints stall Reds over Lallana

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana

First published in Football

Saints are continuing to play hardball with Liverpool over a deal for Adam Lallana.

The Reds, who are due to complete the capture of Rickie Lambert today, also want to land Lallana before the World Cup begins, writes GORDON SIMPSON.

Liverpool lodged a final bid of £25m on Friday night and informed Saints that the transfer must be completed ahead of this summer’s tournament, or else they will turn their attention elsewhere.

However, despite that ultimatum, which the Anfield club also issued over a deal for Lambert, Saints have so far remained unmoved.

As chairman Ralph Krueger revealed last week, they want to hold off on all transfer dealings until a replacement for Mauricio Pochettino is appointed.

They broke from that policy after Liverpool’s bid for Lambert, believing that it could do more harm than good to prevent the striker making a dream move to his boyhood club.

However, they feel in a stronger position when it comes to Lallana, as is the case in regards to Luke Shaw, with Manchester United making their own attempts to push through a transfer for the teenage left-back this week.

Saints have so far ignored Liverpool’s offer and, with Lallana and the rest of the England squad having landed in Miami last night for a pre-World Cup camp, time is running out for the Reds to strike a deal.

Liverpool, who also want to sign Dejan Lovren this summer, are willing to send staff to Florida this week to conduct a medical, with the national team manager, Roy Hodgson, having said he will allow that to happen during free time if necessary.

However, a deal would need to be agreed with Saints first, and if that does not happen by the end of the week then there is no prospect of it being done before the World Cup is over.

Lallana has previously said that it “makes no difference” to him whether his future is sorted out before or after the tournament, although he is understood to be interested in exploring the possibility of a move to Anfield.

But Liverpool are adamant that they will not offer any more for the player, and although they may be bluffing about switching their attention to other targets, there is a distinct possibility they may chose to move on if this week proves fruitless for them.

If Lallana is desperate to go, he could attempt to force his way out, but, given his affinity to Saints, that would be a big call for him to make.

One Saints player who is definitely leaving before the World Cup is Lambert.

The 32-year-old should be confirmed as a Liverpool player today, having passed a medical on Saturday morning, with Saints receiving up to £5m for him, plus add-ons.

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