Liverpool became the first of no-doubt multiple Premier League clubs to move for Southampton and England playmaking whizz Adam Lallana during the off-season, with widespread reports suggesting the Reds were hoping to thrash out a £20m deal prior to the 26-year-old’s jetting off to Brazil for the World Cup.
Despite calling dibs on the Saints skipper, the Reds are already beginning to fear losing out on their first transfer target of what’s sure to be a big-spending summer to Tottenham, if St Mary’s boss Mauricio Pochettino ups sticks for White Hart Lane that is.
The Argentine tactician has usurped Frank De Boer as the frontrunner in the race to replace Tim Sherwood as next permanent Spurs supremo, available as stand-alone 3/5 favourite.
Having played a pivotal role in the son of St Albans’ rise to international stardom, Pochettino would surely be keen on taking his captain with him if he’s given the north London gig.
Lallana’s guile in advanced-midfield positions, as well as an ability to find the back of the net makes him an ideal acquisition to help solve Spurs’ goalscoring quandaries.
In 37 Premier League starts, he assisted a solid six strikes after plundering nine for himself from an average of 1.8 shots per outing.
His versatility is another aspect that should endear him to the in-bound Spurs boss – he appeared in every midfield capacity for the south coast club last season – who will be hoping he won’t have to rely almost entirely on the craft of Christian Eriksen to fashion chances for their forwards next term.
Having Lallana float either side of the diminutive Dane, with Andros Townsend or a hopefully rejuvenated Erik Lamela patrolling the opposite flank has the makings of a formidable off-the-front trio that could be realised if Pochettino lands the Spurs job.