Liverpool have already managed to raise a few eyebrows in the transfer market this summer, with their £4 million capture of Rickie Lambert from Southampton.
And it remains common knowledge that the 32-year-old is not the only player Brendan Rodgers is hoping to persuade to swap St. Mary’s for Anfield this summer, with talks to sign Adam Lallana ongoing since the end of the season.
Liverpool are desperate to tie up a deal for the 26-year-old before he jets out to Brazil with the England World Cup squad, but have so far been unable to reach an agreement with the Saints, despite making two official offers.
The first one of £20 million was rejected out of hand, with it emerging that Southampton would be forced to pay a 25 per cent cut of any transfer fee received to Bournemouth – Lallana’s former club.
The Saints want £20 million themselves from any sale, and Liverpool have since returned with an offer of £25 million.
However, that would leave Southampton with £18.75 million once Bournemouth get their cut, and Liverpool are refusing to go any higher.
A deal seems to be becoming more unlikely with each day that passes, and reports today suggest Brendan Rodgers has started eying potential alternatives.