Pochettino to lure Saints star to Tottenham instead of Liverpool

Liverpool have received a huge transfer blow in their chase for Adam Lallana, with newly appointed Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino looking to bring the Southampton star to White Hart Lane, Guardian reports.

The Argentine was officially name the Lilywhite’s manager Tuesday night after 16 months in charge of the Saints.

Spurs have considered Ajax manager Frank de Boer after losing out on Louis van Gaal to Manchester United, but Pochettino was always their next choice.

“In Mauricio I believe we have a head coach who, with his high-energy, attacking football will embrace the style of play we associate with our club,” said Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

“He has a proven ability to develop each player as an individual, whilst building great team spirit and a winning mentality. We have a talented squad that Mauricio is excited to be coaching next season.”

Pochettino will be tasked to get more out of the stars brought in with the sale of Gareth Bale, such as Roberto Soldado, Vlad Chiriches, and Erik Lamela.

However Spurs have longed admired Southamton captain Lallana – who is set on a move to Liverpool –  and will attempt to use Pochettino to sway the English midfielder’s decision.

The North London club have also been linked with Standard Liege attacker Michy Batshuayi and have ‘first option’ to resign Steven Caulker from recently relegated Cardiff City.