Report - Liverpool to up their bid for Lallana. Will the club pay much more than initial bid?

Lallana was outlined as the Reds' number one transfer target, but will at least be the second new man at Anfield if he signs after Rickie Lambert.

Liverpool will up their bid for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana to £26m according to a report in the Metro.

The Reds have already had a £20 million bid turned down for the 26-year-old, with 25% of the transfer fee due to be passed on to Lallana’s first club Bournemouth.

Liverpool’s transfer committee has been notorious for having a valuation for a player and sticking to it, and a £6m rise in fee would be significant given the club’s search for value buys in the past.

Lallana was reported to the Reds’ number one target when an initial bid was put to the Saints with the aim of wrapping up a deal before the England side fly out to Brazil for the World Cup.

It will be interesting to see what occurs in the negotiations as Liverpool seem to have a back-up option lined up in the form of Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri – who is a younger option and has experience of playing in the Champions League with his current club Bayern Munich.

The Swiss international also doesn’t seem happy at the Allianz Arena, when he said:

"It's clear that I cannot continue like this. If nothing changes, I will have to make some changes myself.

"England would be an option. If I were to leave Bayern, it will be for a foreign club. But it will have to be a club challenging for the title."

It is also mooted Shaqiri is available for a cheaper price - around £15m.

If Liverpool do up their bid for Lallana, one would think it is because those inside Liverpool know in no uncertain terms that Rodgers wants the Southampton man, even if they have to pay a little over the odds. But it will go a little against what we have seen in the past couple of transfer windows from the Reds.

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