Liverpool FC are facing an uphill struggle to sign Adam Lallana, with Southampton insisting they will only sell at the “right price”.
Southampton rejected an initial £20m bid from Liverpool for Lallana, 25, prior to the World Cup and then returned with a final £25m offer.
A board level spokesman for Southampton admitted a ‘significant’ offer could see Lallana depart St Mary’s this summer, but said:
“We’ll look at players that we’d like to bring in and then look at the individual cases of the players who may want to leave.
“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.
“Anybody seriously considering coming for our players are 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.”