Manchester United Transfer News: Adam Lallana Won't Leave Southampton

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2013

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:  Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle United battles for the ball with Adam Lallana of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St James' Park on December 14, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
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Adam Lallana is the latest of Southampton's resurgent stars to attract the interest of the Premier League big guns, after it emerged that Manchester United were eyeing a January swoop for the midfielder.

However, David Moyes has no small task in attempting to lure the St. Mary's star after Sky Sports reported that Southampton aren't willing to part with Lallana's signature.

Speaking after the Saints' 3-0 thrashing of Cardiff City on Boxing Day, Pochettino was quoted saying his club are under no pressure to start selling their most prized assets:

I think Adam and other players are going to stay with us. There is no pressure to sell them, Adam has said he is happy at Southampton and Southampton have no plans to sell him.

He has had a complete week. He trained yesterday, then went off to get married and then went back to training. He did not even have a day off.

The 25-year-old was scheduled to tie the knot in the summer, but made the decision to bring his nuptials forward so they didn't clash with England's World Cup tournament, of which he will be striving to play a part.

The Press Association's Simon Peach confirmed the date switch:

Pochettino's comments come after the Mirror's Ben Burrows wrote that Lallana was a £15 million target for the Red Devils, who are looking to continue their rebuild after a poor start to the 2013/14 campaign.

Given how well his Saints side are doing, it's not the first time Pochettino has had to shrug off transfer speculation around one of his players.

The Argentine very recently reiterated that starlet left-back Luke Shaw wouldn't be going anywhere in the near future, per Sky Sports, the 18-year-old contracted to the South Coast outfit until 2018.

And like Shaw, Lallana also signed a new deal just this year, again tying the player to St. Mary's until 2018, per BBC Sport

With that being the case, one can understand as to why Pochettino is so calm amidst the transfer rumours, his team currently sitting ninth in the English top flight and just four points behind United, 7th.

One can see where Moyes' attraction in Lallana would come from. A wide midfielder capable of also playing from a more central position, the playmaker has been one of Southampton's main creative weapons this term, crafting 29 scoring chances and featuring in all 18 of his club's league outings this term, according to Squawka.

Regardless of how impressive some squad individuals have been, Pochettino will be eager to ensure no major disruptions are made to the squad this January, where the main priority will be retaining the services of the club's stars.