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LIVERPOOL are growing frustrated with Southampton's demands for Adam Lallana and are set to turn their attentions to Chelsea target Lazar Markovic instead.
Southampton are holding out for £30m for Lallana while Liverpool are sticking to their take-it-or-leave-it £25m offer.
The Saints are insisting that the Anfield outfit pay the full amount as they owe Bournemouth 25 per cent of any fee.
Liverpool reportedly want the matter settled one way or another by the end of this week and that has seen Brendan Rodgers revive his interest in Benfica winger Markovic.
Reports suggest that Liverpool looked closely at trying to sign Markovic last summer, only to be told that Benfica wanted £30m for the 20-year-old.
But it is thought that the Portuguese club have now dropped their valuation to £25m, which is more palatable to Liverpool.
However, Rodgers could yet find that he has competition from Chelsea for the Serbian winger.
The Blues came close to signing Markovic while he was at Partizan Belgrade only for the deal to fall.
It is claimed that the Stamford Bridge outfit wanted to loan Markovic to Benfica for two years but the player decided to cut out the middle man and join the Lisbon club outright.
At the time, Markovic said of Chelsea: "They didn't sign me. That's their mistake."
And it seems that Markovic could yet come back to haunt Chelsea in a Liverpool shirt unless Southampton soften their stance.
Source: Daily Express
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