Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana could be encouraged to force for a Liverpool move by his circle of closest friends.
The England international is the subject of a transfer bid from Brendan Rodgers’ side, with the Reds tabling an initial £20 million offer according to reports.
The Saints are thought to be holding out for a fee of closer to £30 million but a report on Goal.com has suggested Lallana’s close friends could encourage him into making the move to Anfield.
“The Saints accept that Lallana is ready to push for a move to Liverpool, who will compete in next season's Champions League after finishing second, but value their skipper far higher than the offer on the table,” reports Goal.
“Those close to him believe that the next window could be an ideal time to move to one of England's biggest clubs.”
A deal is far from done and relies on a number of factors, which are impossible to predict at this stage before the World Cup.
Firstly, Liverpool are way off the new fee that the Saints are thought to be demanding.
Some reports have suggested that Liverpool will have around £60 million in free cash to spend on new players this summer and a deal for Lallana could soak up half of Rodgers’ summer budget.
Secondly, there is a great deal of speculation over the managerial situation at the Hampshire based club.
Mauricio Pochettino is being strongly linked with a move to Tottenham. If that move doesn’t happen then Pochettino will quite rightly fight tooth and nail to keep hold of Lallana.
It’s also very likely that any new manager coming in could make it a stipulation that the club doesn’t sell Lallana to Liverpool.
Thirdly, the World Cup is a big factor. If Lallana gets regular game time under Roy Hodgson then it increases his chances of justifying the new £30 million price, with the Saints having grounds to potentially increase it even further.
What Goal’s report doesn’t point out is who ‘those close to him’ actually are but regardless of if his friends are telling him to push for an Anfield switch, it’s still going to be a difficult deal for Liverpool to pull off.