Liverpool are reportedly set to table a bid for Southampton playmaker Adam Lallana this summer, according to Sky Sports sources.
The 25-year-old is expected to feature heavily for England at the World Cup finals in Brazil after a superb season for the Saints.
Lallana, recently voted Southampton’s Player of the Year, has scored nine goals in 37 Premier League games this season.
He also has six assists and has created 69 chances for his team while earning regular England call-ups alongside team-mates Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and Luke Shaw. Yaya Toure, Steven Gerrard and Eden Hazard are the only other midfielders to have scored more league goals than Lallana this term, while Aaron Ramsey and Raheem Sterling have also scored nine.
Southampton have insisted that they have received no official bid for the player from Liverpool. But sources suggest that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is determined to complete a deal to sign Lallana before England depart for Brazil on June 8.
Meanwhile, Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has again refused to talk about his future, insisting talks will take place over the summer.
Pochettino has just 12 months left on his current deal at St Mary’s — but he is being strongly linked with jobs elsewhere. Tottenham are widely reported to be very keen on luring the Argentine to White Hart Lane, whilst French giants Monaco have also been linked. But Pochettino – who is set to guide Southampton to a top-eight finish – is reluctant to talk about his future.
"I am not really one to talk about my personal situation. I don’t really like to talk about my own contractual situation," Pochettino stated. "I am just focused on being manager of this team and doing what is best for this team. I understand all the rumors surrounding me and the future of the players but these things will be spoken about at the end of the season. It is only normal that these things will come up.
"I still have one year on my contract and for the moment we are busy planning the pre-season and looking towards the future."