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Rickie Lambert will be announced as a Liverpool player tomorrow - but the move for his Southampton team-mate Adam Lallana is poised to drag on.
Lambert will become Brendan Rodgers' first major signing of the summer after passing a medical and agreeing terms on a two-year contract.
The 32-year-old Kirkby-born forward arrived at the city's Spire Hospital at around nine o'clock yesterday morning and was then taken to Melwood ahead of a flight back down to Southampton later in the afternoon.
The Reds had already agreed a fee in the region of £4million with Southampton, with the transfer completed tomorrow when the relevant paperwork is registered.
However, Liverpool's pursuit of Lallana has reached an impasse with the Saints digging in their heels over the 26-year-old midfielder.
Southampton rejected the Reds' opening bid of £20m and have shown no signs of accepting an improved final offer of £25m.
The Saints are seeking top dollar as they must pass on 25% of the fee to Lallana's former club Bournemouth.
Lallana is being courted by several other teams - including Tottenham Hotspur, now managed by his former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino - but the player would prefer to play Champions League football at Anfield next season.