Liverpool are preparing a stunning swap deal in order to land both Southampton targets Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren, with Fabio Borini going in the other direction, Mirror reports.

Lallana was extremely close to joining the Reds before the start of the World Cup, but the Saints’ asking price became a stumbling block in reaching an agreement.

Southampton are demanding approximately £30million for the English midfielder, a price too high with Liverpool’s limit only believed to be at £20million.

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However, Liverpool are now ready to offer Borini to sweeten the deal, and are also looking to bring over defender Lovren as part of the package.

The Reds have already signed one of the Saints earlier this summer, with striker Rickie Lambert making the switch to Anfield.

Lambert is a life-long Liverpool fan, and couldn’t believe his luck with his first Premier League as a Red will be against former club at Anfield.

Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers believes a deal will be struck, and that he will have three former Saints in his squad next season.

But Southampton have proved difficult to negotiate with, as technical director Les Reeds stated his intention to keep Lallana.

“Lallana’s been here long enough, we’ve brought him to this level and we feel that perhaps he should give it a little bit longer,” he said.

“Anybody seriously considering coming for our players is going to have to think very significantly about the size of the fee. If we do take money it will be because it’s the right amount and it enables us to improve the team and move forward.”

 

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  • TitoLFC
    4 months ago

    I say the Croat an the Englishman are worth the money if it means we have depth an go far in cl

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    Les Gray
    4 months ago

    And tell me why this deal is so stunning? Swapping a proven failure for two class players – Come on mate Southampton aren’t that desperate for a journeyman and do you honestly expect Southampton to ‘donate’ arguably their best players to one club. How about writing something like ‘ stunning Suarez bid accepted in exchange for 80M plus Tom Cleverly/Chris Smalling(well known quality acts) ‘ – yes go on write some more ‘stunning news’ – like my ego is great at writing self contained throwaway headlines. Perhaps if you divulged your source you ‘title tattle’ might have some more gravitas – but until you do then most Saints fans will look at your name and think same old recycled tosh merchant.

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      Teddy Dulyachinda
      4 months ago

      I think Borini is a class player, seeing him play in Serie-A while at Roma and his ‘stunning’ displays for Sunderland last season. Everyone is titled (ooh nice word play to say the least) to their opinion.

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    Shaun Martin
    4 months ago

    I don’t see how Borini sweetens the deal, although I don’t think he is a bad player, just needs to play on a regular basis and I do think he would link up well with Jay Rodriguez.

    If I was Southampton I would be looking for £40m plus Borini,or £50m cash with most up front, that would give the new manager a sizeable amount of money to put his stamp on the side, although I don’t blame them not wanting to lose 3 quality players to 1 club

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