Liverpool and Tottenham target fully focused on World Cup

Adam Lallana won't be distracted even if his future is unresolved before this summer's finals.

Adam Lallana has said that he won’t let speculation surrounding his future distract him from the job in hand at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Liverpool are known to be after the signature of the Southampton midfielder and have had a £20m bid rejected by the Saints for the 26-year-old midfielder.

Lallana is quoted, saying: “Whether my future gets sorted before or after the World Cup makes no difference to me.

“I am just fully focused on doing well for England and performing as well as I can.

Lallana is now said to be a target for Tottenham Hotspur according to reports after they announced the appointment of Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino as their new Head Coach on a five-year contract yesterday.

But the Southampton skipper has been quoted saying that he has aspirations of playing in the Champions League, something which Spurs can't offer this season.

He was quoted saying, yesterday: “I went to a couple of the Champions League games last year and the feeling you get, the buzz, it’s an unbelievable atmosphere. It’s definitely a goal of mine to play in the Champions League.”

Whether that will be in the 2014/15 season remains to be seen. If Liverpool match Southampton’s valuation – which is said to be around the £30m mark – then he may well be heading to Anfield.

But the lure of linking up with Pochettino at White Hart Lane could be a strong one for Lallana as he is a manger that knows him and his strengths.

Though it does seem unlikely he will stay at St Mary’s given the interest in him, it could be a fascinating battle for the midfielder’s signature. But he says he won’t be affected by everything going on in the background, and England fans will be hoping he can play a starring role in this summer’s World Cup finals.

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