Newcastle United have been re-linked with Adam Lallana ahead of the England international becoming a free agent, with the Chronicle noting that head coach Steve Bruce is a keen admirer of the Liverpool midfielder.
Lallana is due to leave Anfield as a free agent this summer with his £110,000-per-week terms nearing their end, though could yet sign a new deal on Merseyside with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp fearful of losing his services.
Klopp is likely to lose the 31-year-old, though, as Lallana is keen to move on from this season’s runaway Premier League leaders and secure more regular playing time, as he believes he still has three or four years of top-level football in him.
Bruce would ‘love’ to bring Lallana to Tyneside and offer him the more regular playing time the England international is thought to be after, having pinpointed the 34-cap midfielder as someone who can add experience and creativity to the side.
Lallana has struggled to play a regular role in Klopp’s title-elect side this term with just 13 top-flight outings to his name, in which the 2019 Champions League winner has only produced one goal and one assist.
Klopp has also only been able to name Lallana in the starting line-up three times this league season, once in the FA Cup and twice in the Carabao Cup, while only utilising the Southampton product as a name on the bench during the Champions League Group Stage.
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The Chronicle citing Bruce as being a keen admirer of Lallana’s talents and wanting the £10.8m-rated man at St. James’ Park is nothing new, as the Telegraph reported back in December that the boss was considering his services ahead of the January market.
Bruce was believed to have identified the position as one which needed reinforcing in order to strengthen our chances of a top-half finish, though was aware that Lallana would receive much interest if his services hit the market.
Other candidates considered included Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater and Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka, but both were considered unlikely and ultimately failed to see the light of day.
It could turn out to be second time lucky for Bruce when it comes to Lallana in the summer, which would add a midfielder who has averaged 0.8 shots, 1.1 key balls, 0.5 successful dribbles, 4.5 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 1.6 passes blocked and 0.8 aerial duels won per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season, per WhoScored data.
In other Newcastle United news, a £20m midfielder’s agent has confirmed his client would consider joining the Magpies this summer.