Everton want to sign Adam Lallana when his Liverpool contract expires, according to a new report. The midfielder will be free to leave in the summer.
West Ham United, Arsenal and Crystal Palace also want Lallana, apparently but Everton’s name stick out.
And that’s for two reasons. Firstly, there’s the fact that the Toffees want to sign a Liverpool player, something that hasn’t happened for some time now.
The last player to directly switch was Abel Xavier leaving Goodison Park for Anfield back in 2002. You have to go back another decade to find a Liverpool-to-Everton move, though, when Gary Ablett switched.
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But the report is also notable because Lallana was, in fact, an Everton fan growing up. He’s openly admitted as much, too.
“Yes, it’s true, I was an Everton fan,” he told the Mirror back in 2014. “Growing up my dad used to support Everton in the Gary Lineker days, when they were doing well so that’s the reason I started following them.”
So if Everton do try to sign Lallana, there is a decent chance that he’d go there.
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This would certainly be an interesting one. Only two players have moved between the two in the 21st century – Xavier and Nick Barmby and both the other way.
It would be a decent move for Lallana, too, getting to work under Carlo Ancelotti. But it would surely depend on how much he values playing for Everton.
If Leicester City are truly interested, you’d have them down as overwhelming favourites. They’ve got Brendan Rodgers there, of course, the man who paid £25m to sign Lallana for Liverpool.
They’re also on the verge of Champions League qualification. Maybe Lallana’s love for Everton could trump that? We doubt it, though. If Leicester want him, he’s likely theirs.