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Lallana may have to force transfer

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Adam Lallana may have to hand in a transfer request to break the deadlock in negotiations between Liverpool and Southampton over his signing.

Lallana has been the subject of a £25 million bid from Liverpool but the club are still awaiting a formal response from Southampton as the forward prepares for the World Cup with England.

He is said by local media to be growing frustrated with the Southampton board and the way they are handling negotiations. After Liverpool indicated they would not raise their offer, Lallana may have to try to force the issue with a transfer request.

Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, is keen to settle most of his summer transfer business before the World Cup starts as transfer activity will be difficult once national teams arrive in Brazil.

Lallana and club-mate Luke Shaw - who is a target for Manchester United - are due to arrive in the host country with England on Sunday and manager Roy Hodgson has made clear that he wants his squad fully focused on the finals rather than transfers.

Southampton appear to be hopeful that their players will attract more interest during the World Cup and are determined to bank the best price, not least because Bournemouth will be due 25% of any Lallana fee thanks to a sell-on clause.

The club have taken a different approach with striker Rickie Lambert, who completed his £4m move to Liverpool on Monday, but insist they will stand firm on other players targeted for transfers until they appoint a new manager.

"Southampton can confirm that we have received multiple offers for some of our players in the past weeks," the club said in a statement. "We are staying true to our plan and vision and, as a result, we have no need to accept any offers.

"We are deep in the process of appointing a new manager who will continue to move our club forward. It remains our preference not to partake in any transfers until the new manager is in place.

"There may be circumstances under which the club will feel it is right for a player to move on. Those circumstances have to be right for the club and the player. This is the case with Rickie's move to Liverpool."

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