Premier League - I want to leave, Lallana tells Southampton

Southampton captain Adam Lallana has told the south coast club that he wants to leave after the World Cup.

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Adam Lallana, Southampton, 2013-2014 season.

Liverpool – who completed the £4 million transfer of Saints striker Rickie Lambert on Monday – have reportedly tabled a £25 million bid for the attacking midfielder.

[Jan Molby: Lambert a great signing, and Liverpool need Lallana too]

Lallana was named in the PFA Premier League team of the season and earned a spot in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad after a string of impressive performances for the Saints.

Southampton were forced to release a statement on Monday as speculation surrounding their players continued to intensify.

"Southampton Football Club can confirm that we have received multiple offers for some of our players in the past weeks," the club said.

"We are staying true to our plan and vision and, as a result, we have no need to accept any offers. We are deep in the process of appointing a new manager who will continue to move our club forward.

"It remains our preference not to partake in any transfers until the new manager is in place.”

Despite that statement, the club authorised the sale of Lambert - though taking £4m for a 32-year-old striker is very different from offloading the team's most prized asset. But it remains to be seen whether they can convince their star players to remain at the club.

England full-back Luke Shaw has been heavily linked with a move away from St Mary’s with Manchester United and Chelsea touted as potential suitors, while Dejan Lovren has drawn attention after enjoying a fine debut season in England.

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