Englishman played as a 10-year-old in the Cherries’ academy.
Premier League champions Manchester United will be forced to pay top dollar if they still wish to sign in-demand Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana at the end of the season, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
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The Red Devils have been keeping close tabs on the highly rated new England international of late with a view to possibly luring Lallana from St Mary’s to Old Trafford next season as the Premier League giants look to radically restructure their first-team squad this summer.
In fact, United boss David Moyes and his assistants Phil Neville and Steve Round were seen at Villa Park on Saturday running their eye over the 25-year-old in the south coast club’s goalless draw with Aston Villa.
However, the problem now facing Moyes and United is that they will be forced to pay over the odds for Lallana when the summer transfer window opens in July due to the existence of a 25 per cent sell-on clause that was agreed when Southampton bought the player from Championship outfit Bournemouth eight years ago at at time when he was just a youngster.