Before the final game of the season was played, news emerged that Adam Lallana would joinin Brighton & Hove Albion next season, with the player expected to sign a three-year deal and officially complete his move as soon as he could.
Over the weekend, he said his goodbyes—and the club said their goodbyes to him. Today, he travelled south for his medical, and after passing it he put pen to paper and Brighton has wasted no time officially announcing his arrival.
“I cant wait to get started,” Lallana said after the 32-year-old English midfielder signed the contract to join his new club. “Everything is new. It’s a challenge I am looking forward to. The whole infrastructure and ambition around the club excites me.
“I look how ambitious the chairman is to start with and how highly the manager is regarded since he has come into the club. He has changed the dynamics and the staff and to do that whilst keeping the team in the division shows he has done a fantastic job.
“I looked at all those aspects, the squad, the training ground facilities, the stadium and it was a perfect fit really. I am really excited to get stuck into the challenge and hopefully we can push on again next season.”
Brighton have spent three seasons now back in the top flight, finishing 15th, 17th, and now 15th again, and have signed Lallana with the explicit goal of bringing experience to a promising young squad and pushing for a top half finish.
Given his age and recent struggles with injury, there will be some concerns about the club getting good value from a contract that runs three full years and sees him become their highest paid player while taking a pay cut—but not if he can stay healthy.