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Liverpool's bid to try and prise Adam Lallana away from Southampton is set to be stepped up following early England's World Cup exit.
Lallana himself is thought to be keen on the switch to Anfield and the chance to be reunited with former Saints favourite Rickie Lambert, who made the same move earlier this summer.
The England international has known of the Reds' interest for some time, but so far it's thought the Merseyside outfit have failed to come up with a figure that matches the Saints' valuation of the player.
It's believed a sell-on clause to Bournemouth is one of the main stumbling blocks, with the Cherries set to receive around 25 per cent of any transfer for the midfielder.
Lallana is grateful for everything Southampton have done for him, and as a result doesn't want to force the issue by handing in a transfer request, out of respect for the fans and club officials.
However, he does appear to have his heart set on leaving and is anxious therefore to get the matter resolved soon after England's final game in Brazil against Costa Rica on Tuesday.
A fee in the region of £30m may be enough for Southampton's resistance to be finally broken.