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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has made Adam Lallana his No.1 summer target - and won't be put off by the Southampton skipper's £20million pricetag.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed a magnificent second season in the Premier League, scoring 9 league goals and contributing heavily to a free-flowing Saints attack.
Plaudits have been forthcoming for Lallana, who has also made his England debut and is expected to be named in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad on Monday.
But the player who joined Southampton's centre of excellence at the age of 12 won't come cheap, especially as he is just one year into a five-year deal - while club legend Matt Le Tissier thinks he should stay on the south coast.
Nonetheless, according to the Liverpool Echo, Southampton's Player of the Year - also named in the PFA Team of the Year - is seen by Reds boss Rodgers as the perfect addition to compliment the likes of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling.
And the move for Lallana is likely to see the Reds forget their pursuit of Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.
The Dnipro star was the Merseysiders' major target in January, but the Ukrainian club were unwilling to allow their prized asset to depart.
However, with Lallana preferred and Sterling having shone in the second half of the season, Konoplyanka is no longer a priority.