Asked Lallana if he was signing, said he "Hopes so mate" pic.twitter.com/xr7ppQB22a— Guillermo Quintero (@guillenick) June 3, 2014
Lallana has been the subject of two failed bids from Liverpool in the close season yet despite the Reds insisting that they would walk away if their latest £25 million offer was not accepted, there seems little appetite for this story to go away.
The photo above and alleged utterings will do little to dampen the speculation and this proposed transfer could be set to run beyond the World Cup.
After the news that Lallana's phone calls to the Southampton board were ignored there seems little can be done unless the player formally hands in a transfer request. Even then however the Saints, as they keep reminding everybody, do not have to sell.
Fresh from seeing the departure of Rickie Lambert to Liverpool it is highly unlikely the team from the south coast will want anymore quick fire sales as they seek to get the maximum return on their assets.
If Lallana has a stellar World Cup his value will increase and Southampton are well aware of this.