Adam Lallana is desperate to move complete a move to Liverpool, but is finding his path blocked by Southampton avoiding his calls to inform them on his decision, according to a report.
Adam Blackmore, who is Sports Editor for Solent Radio, revealed last night that Lallana’s relationship with club officials has become strained during the transfer saga and is threatening to completely break down.
Liverpool have been reportedly interested in the creative midfielder for a significant period of time and it appears they have made a £25 million bid for the 26-year-old this week.
However, Saints’ players have been the subject of much interest in recent times, and with Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw both looking set to leave St. Mary’s this summer, they are desperate not to lose another of their protagonists.
The board are also keen to ensure that they do not come across as a ‘soft target’ and they do not need to sell, with the club already in a healthy financial situation.
Lallana, though, has his own interests in mind and, despite an obvious affinity with the club who he has spent the entirety of his career at, is determined to move to Anfield – with the lure of Champions League football at the forefront of his thinking.
Liverpool are thought to want to complete the deal in the near future and will not be raising their £25 million offer any further, but Southampton are in no hurry to sell – with interest in Lallana widespread.
This is to the England international’s annoyance and he feels that he is due more respect from the club, given his years of loyal service to the Saint’s shirt.
It all means that the saga could have a rather sour end to it, with Lallana's relationship with Southampton starting to fray.
Lallana flew out to Miami on England duty yesterday and his national team manager Roy Hodgson will be wanting to ensure that this is no distraction on his performance for his country at the upcoming World Cup.
The tweets from Adam Blackmore can be viewed below.
>> #saintsfc believe they have more clout to block Lallana move for now because other clubs interested BUT >>>— Adam Blackmore (@bigadamsport) June 1, 2014
>> yesterday relationship between Adam Lallana & club worsened after a number of his calls to #saintsfc board members were ignored >>>— Adam Blackmore (@bigadamsport) June 1, 2014
>>> he wants chance to play Champs League football like anyone would & is ambitious, which he's stated previously & he feels #saintsfc >>— Adam Blackmore (@bigadamsport) June 1, 2014
>>> not been dealt with correctly by those above him, given his loyalty over the years to #saintsfc - so if any move does not happen & >>— Adam Blackmore (@bigadamsport) June 1, 2014
>> Lallana stays at #saintsfc then there will be some serious bridge-building needed between player & Reed/Krueger. Now I'm not saying who >— Adam Blackmore (@bigadamsport) June 1, 2014
>> is right or wrong - I see where both camps are coming from , but I do believe if I was club captain I'd expect to have my calls answered>— Adam Blackmore (@bigadamsport) June 1, 2014
>> and that maybe board could have managed this situation better . Having did that, they want best deal for club & don't want to be seen >>— Adam Blackmore (@bigadamsport) June 1, 2014
>> to be a soft target for other clubs & want money that they see makes any sale worthwhile - but at the moment there is a problem which >>— Adam Blackmore (@bigadamsport) June 1, 2014
>> will only be sorted out with better communication all-round . Hope that fills you in as to really what has gone on last 2 days, goodnight— Adam Blackmore (@bigadamsport) June 1, 2014