Liverpool FC have reportedly made their final bid for Southampton’s Adam Lallana. If rejected, the Cherries could miss out on millions of pounds as a sell-on clause in his contract would not be activated.
The Merseyside club have reportedly submitted a £25m ‘take it or leave it’ bid for the 26-year-old midfielder.
Liverpool had previously bid £20m for Lallana, but the south coast club look to be holding out for a bid in the region of £30m as 25% of any fee received will be owed to his previous club AFC Bournemouth.
Liverpool have made their admiration for three of Southampton’s players clear, with Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert all on Brendan Rodger’s radar.
Lambert, 32, completed his £4m move to Liverpool earlier this morning prompting some say that this deal could open the door for further deals between the two clubs.
With Lambert signing for Liverpool, and the possibility of Lallana doing the same, a combined deal could be put on the table for Southampton to consider. This could see the percentage owed to Bournemouth reduce significantly.
Liverpool now represent the only serious suitors for Lallana after Tottenham’s interest was played down. Sky Sports sources have indicated that Tottenham will not be planning to make a bid for the winger.
AFC Bournemouth will be owed £6.25m from the sale if Southampton decide to accept Liverpool’s latest offer. However if no breakthrough in negotiations is made Rodger’s could move on to other targets.
This could mean that AFC Bournemouth miss out on cashing in on the sell-on fee. The arrangement was made when Lallana joined Southampton as a 12-year-old.
Buzz football correspondent, Tom Bennett, went over the details of the transfer on Buzz TV yesterday when Liverpool’s first £20m bid was made. Let us know what you think by tweeting us at @buzz_bmth.