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Liverpool Seize Advantage As Tottenham Drop Out Of Race For £25m England International

The Reds are now the favourites to sign Lallana.

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The future of Southampton captain Adam Lallana remains uncertain as Tottenham Hotspur drop out of the race to sign the Liverpool target, reports Sky Sports.

The Reds are now the favourites to sign the England international, having recently placed an improved £25m offer for the 26-year-old after having an initial £20m bid rejected.

It was thought that when former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino became the new Spurs manager on May 26 the Argentine would look to bring his ex-skipper with him to White Hart Lane.

Yet with a number of expensive options already available to the 42-year-old in Lallana’s position – including Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli – Pochettino isn’t interested in recruiting in attacking midfield.

That means that Brendan Rodgers will be able to secure his second signing from St Mary’s in a matter of days, after tying up a deal for striker Rickie Lambert on Saturday.

Pochettino’s departure from the Hampshire club is expected to start an exodus of stars, with Lambert and Lallana just the first of what is likely to be a number of players looking to leave.

Both Englishmen are currently with the Three Lions national team ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Lallana is expected to play a big part in Roy Hodgson’s plans in South America, having started the nation’s last match on Friday when they beat Peru 3-0 in an international friendly.

Rodgers will be keen to secure the signing of the midfield ace before the tournament starts, with Hodgson having banned any contact with the players from agents once things begin on June 14.

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