Liverpool To Drop Lallana Interest And Swoop For Serbia Wonderkid

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Reds frustrated with Southampton talks and ready to look elsewhere.

Liverpool FC are prepared to pull the plug on their proposed move for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, according to The Mirror.

The Reds have apparently become frustrated in their attempts to agree a fee for the 26-year-old, who is currently on international duty with England’s World Cup squad.

Southampton are demanding significantly more than the £20m that Liverpool are looking to pay and negotiations have become drawn out.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is now ready to look at other targets, and top of his list is Benfica winger Lazar Markovic.

The 20-year-old, who has been capped 12 times by Serbia at senior international level, is valued at around £25m.

Rodgers is worried that, if he wastes too much time talking to Southampton and is unable to strike a deal, he could miss out on Markovic, who is not short of admirers.

Markovic has four years left to run on his current contract with Benfica, whom he joined from Partizan Belgrade last summer.

In his first season in Portugal, he scored five goals in 26 league appearances, seven of which came as a substitute.

Markovic plays in a slightly more direct manner than Lallana, but he is equally talented and, importantly, six years younger.

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