It's been an awfully busy couple of days at Melwood for Ian Ayre and his staff. After Liverpool have reportedly lodged bids for three other players over the last couple of days, they've made a new offer for Adam Lallana, testing Southampton's resolve with a £25 million bid.
It's almost becoming an overwhelming round of news, with this coming in the wake of the offers for Alberto Moreno and Xherdan Shaqiri, as well as the seemingly almost-complete deal for Rickie Lambert. Liverpool have been reportedly interested in a deal for Lallana for some time now, having previously offered Southampton £20 million and being rejected.
Southampton obviously value their captain very highly and are reluctant to part with him (especially while they don't have a manager in place), but Liverpoool seem to want to get a deal tied up quickly or not at all. According to sources talking to the BBC's Ben Smith, this is the last offer the club will be making:
#LFC have made a final offer of £25m for Southampton captain Adam Lallana. Club want to complete deal swiftly
— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) May 30, 2014
Given the already-high price for Lallana (that's arguably already an overpay, but that's another argument for another time), it makes sense for this to be the last offer Liverpool are willing to make, especially with efforts already underway to land the likes of Shaqiri. Either way, it's good to see Liverpool being much more incisive and aggressivethan they were in previous transfer dealings over the last year, where they could too frequently be described as overly passive.