Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the Foxes have not made any approaches to sign out-of-contract Liverpool star Adam Lallana.
Lallana, 31, has been a prominent figure for Liverpool over the past six years since his £25million [BBC Sport] move from Southampton. The England international, though, is expected to leave the European champions once his current Anfield deal expires this summer – despite clocking up 175 appearances for the Merseyside outfit.
Rodgers signed Lallana during his stint as three-and-a-half-year tenure as Liverpool manager and is now reportedly interested in taking him to the King Power Stadium. However, reports from the Daily Mail suggest that West Ham, Tottenham and Arsenal are also interested in nabbing Lallana.
The former Liverpool manager told [Mirror] reporters that his club have not made a move to sign the 31-year-old, who will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season.
“I’ve seen a lot of stuff around Adam and that we’ve approached Liverpool, which isn’t the case. He’s at the stage of his contract where he will have options.
“Adam is a fantastic player and one I brought into Liverpool. I have been aware of his talents since he was a young player at Southampton.
“But I don’t need to speak about that now. We’ve spoken about that all through January. I don’t need to speak about the summer transfer window. I would only add he is a top-class player.”
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Whilst Rodgers comments would propose there is no interest in the player, the Northern Irish coach could be keeping his cards close to his chest in order to quietly prepare a potential move behind the scenes.
Rodgers saw the best of Lallana during his final full-season at Anfield after landing the Englishman from Southampton in 2014. If his Liverpool tenure wasn’t blighted by injury there is no question that Lallana’s time at the club could be viewed much differently.
He will turn 32 in May but could be a shrewd acquisition on a free transfer provided he can put his injury problems behind him and showcase the undeniable quality Kopites will wish they got to see more of.