A three-way battle for Adam Lallana is reportedly underway after Burnley and Brighton upped the ante in the chase for the Liverpool man.
The 32-year-old midfielder, who will leave Anfield on a free transfer this summer, had been expected to link up again with Brendan Rodgers.
Leicester have been heavily linked with the player, and are understood to have held talks with Lallana.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is understood to be a big fan having signed him from Southampton when he was in charge at Liverpool in 2014.
However, now Football Insider report that Burnley and Brighton have opened talks to sign Lallana.
The outlet report that “a recruitment source” has informed them that both clubs are working on deals to beat Leicester to Lallana.
Both clubs want to add some creativity to their ranks and both are prepared to offer long-term deals in order to snare the player.
Lallana will collect a Premier League winners’ medal after making 15 appearances, despite just three starts.
He has not been in the squad since the restart after the Covid-19 pandemic and Jurgen Klopp confirmed he will not play for the club again.
‘He will just train’
The 34-cap England man signed a short-term deal to tie him over until the end of this extended campaign but it was always the intention for him to leave this summer.
And while Lallana is available to play should he be needed, Klopp respects the player enough to not jeopardise his next move.
“It is clear Adam will leave the club in the summer,” said the Reds boss.
“But now we have a difficult situation, but I will respect Adam a lot. And everything with Adam is sorted, let me say it like this.
“He is so fit, he is training, everything is fine. But yes, the future is his future, and if we need his help on the pitch we can get it. He is there.
“He trains 100 per cent but as long as we don’t need it, he will just train. That is the normal thing.”