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Liverpool to resume negotiation for Adam Lallana after World Cup

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Liverpool will make another attempt to sign Southampton skipper and England international Adam Lallana, following the World Cup in Brazil.

Southampton are desperate to hold on to Lallana and have rejected two bids from Liverpool so far. Prior to the World Cup, Liverpool’s improved offer of £25m was rejected, with the Saints initially rebuffed a £20m opening bid. 

lallana1 Liverpool to resume negotiation for £30m midfielder after World Cup

Southampton are demanding a fee in the region of £30m for their skipper, which Liverpool are obviously reluctant to pay at the moment. As a result of which, it led to increased speculation that Liverpool have ended their pursuit of the 26-year-old and have shifted attention elsewhere.

Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri and Benfica’s Lazar Markovic have been linked recently but Liverpool Echo understands that the Reds will look to resume negotiations with Southampton, as they get the impression that Lallana is keen to secure a move to Anfield in the summer. 

Southampton’s chief executive director Les Reed has urged Lallana to remain at St Mary’s while new manager Ronald Koeman wants to keep hold of top players at the South coast club. 

“Lallana’s been here long  enough, we’ve brought him  to this level and we feel that  perhaps he should give it a  little bit longer,” Reed said.

“Anybody seriously  considering coming for our  players are going to have to  think very significantly  about the size of the fee.

“If we do take money it  will be because it’s the right  amount and it enables us to  improve the team and move  forward.”

“I hope the (managerial)  announcement will prick up  a few ears and they will  think that’s a good, positive  move from the club. If  players leave, it will be  because we believe it is  right for the club.”

This has been an excellent summer for Liverpool so far, with the Reds having already signed England striker Rickie Lambert for £4m. The Reds have agreed a deal for Emre Can and are also keen on Croatian centre-back Dejan Lovren.

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