Transfer Balls: Adam Lallana Signs For Liverpool For £10m Less Than Southampton Demand
TRANSFER Balls: Is Adam Lallana heading out of Southampton? Where is he going? Let’s see what the newspaper experts have been reporting the summer so far?
First up, Lalllana was Manchester United bound. And he was better than Arsenal’s young English star. So said the local Manchester newspaper.
March 6, Manchester Evening News: “Better than Wilshere: Why United are right to target Lallana”
One day later, Lallana was staying put.
May 7, The Mirror: “Liverpool target Adam Lallana hints he will stay at Southampton after winning the club’s Player of the Year award”
He did say he wanted to progress at the club. To which ESPN responded with the headline:
Lallana set to snub Liverpool after Southampton pledge
Five says later, the Daily Mirror was asking a question.
May 10, The Mirror: “Liverpool news and transfer rumours: Adam Lallana pleads with Southampton to agree Anfield switch?”
A statement followed by a question mark can be easily answered with a “NO”. The Mirror was talking balls. But the Star would trump them all. Two days later, Allan was at Anfield.
May 12, Daily Star: “Southampton star Adam Lallana AGREES £20m move to Liverpool”
That was utter balls. Lallana hadn’t agreed anything new.
But soon the Star’s sister organ was saying that Lallana was on his way to United. Well, so Liverpool feared.
May 15, Daily Express: “Liverpool FEAR Manchester United will hijack move for Southampton star Adam Lallana”
As the Express read minds at Anfield, the Guardian was putting one and one together to make whatever it wanted to. Lallana was off to Spurs.
May 28, The Guardian: “Pochettino to target Lallana after agreeing Tottenham Hotspur deal - Manager to return to Southampton in bid for Lallana”
But he didn’t. Well, he hasn’t. But the story was out there. And once a newspaper says something, however wrong, others just follow.
May 28, Liverpool Echo: “Liverpool transfer gossip: Spurs to hijack Lallana move”
May 29, IBTimes: “Tottenham Set to Hijack Liverpool’s Bid for Adam Lallana”
So. It was either Spurs or Liverpool for the star man. Or, as the trusty Star reported, neither:
May 29, Daily Star: “Lallana to reject Liverpool & Spurs”
Two days later Spurs were seducing the player and getting rid of the once heralded Townsend.
May 31, Daily Mirror: “Adam Lallana to be lured to Tottenham with Pochettino offering Andros Townsend as incentive”
Then Liverpool upped their bid.
May 31, Indy: “Adam Lallana to Liverpool: Southampton receive improved bid of £25m”
And then came no news. Yes, Spurs had not shown any interest in signing Lallana. Read all about it.
June 1, Daily Express: “No Spurs bid for Lallana”
And, then, with the transfer season barely one day old, Liverpool were playing hard ball.
June 1, Daily Express: “EXCLUSIVE: Southampton tell Liverpool it’s £30m for Lallana”. The BBC says that is Liverpool’s “final” offer.
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