EX-SAINT Nicky Banger wants to see Adam Lallana return to the club this summer.

Reports last week suggested that the Liverpool midfielder was keen on a move away from Merseyside after falling down the pecking order.

It was claimed that he was open to a move back to Saints after leaving the club for Anfield in 2014 for £25 million.

And former Saints striker Banger reckons it would be good business if the St Mary’s side got him back in the transfer window.

Banger said: “I hope we can bring quality players in.

“There is talk of [Adam] Lallana coming back, and I hope that happens. I’d definitely have him.

“I think he has got lots of life in him still and I think he would add quality.

“Whether a player is young or old, we have got to get the right player for this club that is good enough.

“I don’t blame him for leaving at all and it was great money for the club which they reinvested.

“If we can get Lallana back, imagine him linking up with [Danny] Ings.

“He has had a few injuries but if you look at that as a positive, he hasn’t played that many games.

“He would come back hungry and he would obviously want to try and get back in the England squad and he isn’t going to do that sitting on the bench at Liverpool.

“He would come back here with something to prove and, with England, Gareth Southgate isn’t too fussed where players come from.

“Ward-Prowse has got on the periphery of England and he plays for Southampton.”

Lallana and Danny Ings played together at Liverpool and have remained close friends since the striker joined Saints last year.

Ings struggled with fitness last season but still managed to finish as the club's second-highest goalscorer with eight finishes to his name.

And Banger reckons that Saints' attacking threat would flourish if the two players were to be on the same side again.

He added: “It’s all about relationships.

“If you have social interaction off the pitch, whether that’s something like snooker or golf when you come to a game you are going to work harder for those players on the pitch.

“I think those synergies are massively important. It excites me with Lallana, Redmond, Ings and possibly another striker.”

Nicky Banger was speaking at Lawrie McMenemy’s annual golf day which was in aid of Autism Hampshire and sponsored by Meachers Global Logistics.