ADAM Lallana is being linked with a summer move to Liverpool which could see his £35,000 a week wages doubled.
The Saints talisman - favourite to lift the Daily Echo’s Player of the Season award for the first time – is currently being talked about as a potential target for Manchester United and Tottenham.
But a report in a national newspaper today claims Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is lining up an opening bid of arounf £15m.
Rodgers sees Lallana - who came through the Saints academy, making his debut in the 2006/07 season – as capable of playing in the hole behind Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.
Lallana, contracted to Saints until 2018, did little to stop the speculation surrounding him when he gave a television interview after the 2-0 win against Everton last Saturday.
When asked about his future, Lallana said: “I just want to concentrate on the last two games of the season and then we'll sit down in the summer and see what happens.
“I just want to enjoy my football, that's when I'm at my happiest - when I'm playing well.
“Playing in a great youthful team like this, I feel like one of the experienced players nowadays.”
Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino was asked about Lallana’s comments but said: “I don’t really think it’s the right moment right now to be talking about the future.“We have just won a game 2-0 and we should be talking about that.”
The same national newspaper report – in the same paper which last January was central in promoting Nicola Cortese’s side of his split from Saints, making derogatory comments about Katharina Liebherr in the process – maintains that Saints left back Luke Shaw will move to Manchester United this summer.
That is despite prospective United manager Louis van Gaal being linked with his current Dutch international left back Daley Blind.
Saints defender Dejan Lovren is also being linked with Liverpool again.