Burnley have become the fifth Premier League club to enter the race to sign Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana at the end of the season.
The 32-year-old’s current deal runs out on June 30 but, as with a number of players, the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic means he will sign a brief extension to see him through to the end of the campaign.
That will allow Lallana to pick up a Premier League winners’ medal should Liverpool, as expected, secure the two wins they require to lift the title for the first time in 30 years.
But, after that, his future remains up in the air.
Injuries have hampered his time at Anfield and, with first-team football no longer guaranteed due to fierce competition for places in the Reds midfield, the England star could look to move elsewhere.
Lallana moved to Liverpool in 2014 and scored 21 goals during his first three seasons but, during the last three stop-start campaigns, he’s managed just one – a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Manchester United in October which helped the Reds go unbeaten in the Premier League until they lost 3-0 to Watford in February.
Leicester have been long-time suitors of Lallana, with Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers still a big fan having signed him from Southampton when in charge at Liverpool, while London trio Arsenal, Tottenham and West ham have also been linked.
It’s also possible that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could give him a one-year extension.
But, according to the Daily Mirror, Burnley are also now looking to acquire Lallana’s services.
Sean Dyche has ambitious plans and Lallana would bring a touch of class to the Clarets’ industrious midfield.
In addition, it would allow him to stay in the north west although the lure of Champions League football with Leicester could also affect his thinking.
Burnley are currently ninth in the Premier League table, just one point behind Arsenal and two back from Spurs.