Adam Lallana Edges Toward Liverpool Transfer as Tottenham Reportedly End Pursuit

Matt Jones@@MattJFootballFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09:  Adam Lallana of Southampton celebrates after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Hull City at St Mary's Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Adam Lallana looks increasingly likely to be donning the red of Liverpool next season, with reports suggesting the Anfield outfit have emerged as the overwhelming favourites to land the England international.

Pochettino won't be moving for Lallana, reports suggest.
Pochettino won't be moving for Lallana, reports suggest.Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The 26-year-old had been touted to join up with former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino at his new club Tottenham, but according to Ben Jefferson of The Express, the Londoners have decided against making a move, paving the way for a transfer to Merseyside.

The Saints skipper was subject of a reported final offer of £25 million from Liverpool over the weekend, per James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo, and although Southampton are reportedly holding out for a staggering £30 million, it only seems like a matter of time until the two clubs agree terms.

Tony Barrett of The Times has insisted Liverpool want the deal done quickly, though:

Should he eventually put pen to paper on a deal, Lallana would join up with his England international team-mate Rickie Lambert at Anfield, with the 32-year-old on the brink of completing his own move from the Saints, per Ben Smith of BBC Sport.

Are Lambert and Lallana set to link up at Anfield?
Are Lambert and Lallana set to link up at Anfield?Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

While a reported fee of around the £25 million mark is substantial, it is clear that Brendan Rodgers is looking to establish a nexus of English talent in his Liverpool squad. Players like Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge have all flourished under Rodgers’ tutelage, and he’ll be hoping to take Lallana’s game to a new level should he eventually complete a move.

Lallana, who is set to play a key role for England at the 2014 World Cup, would add a refreshing new attacking option to this Liverpool team. His ability to find space and link the play with intricate touches would be a wonderful foil for the unshakeably menacing Luis Suarez and the blistering directness of Sterling and Sturridge.

Rodgers has helped players like Sturridge improve. Could he do the same for Lallana?
Rodgers has helped players like Sturridge improve. Could he do the same for Lallana?Sang Tan/Associated Press/Associated Press

There are question marks as to how he may fare at the very top level of the English game as well as in the Champions League, but Lallana is a man who seems to take everything in his stride. He’s settled seamlessly into the Premier League as well as the Three Lions setup, seemingly galvanised by the prospect of playing in front of the Wembley crowd.

There will be immense pressure on him to perform given what looks to be an enormous transfer fee, but in front of the stirring Anfield crowd, a player as mature and as talented as Lallana will surely continue to flourish.