Leicester City have reportedly made an initial approach to Adam Lallana’s representatives as they look to recruit the free agent this summer.
Sky Sports claim that Brendan Rodgers’ side are hoping to get ahead of their many rivals for the 31-year-old.
Tottenham, Arsenal and West Ham are all understood to be chasing the midfielder, but The Telegraph reported last month that the Foxes were “leading” the race to land him.
Lallana is out of contract on June 30, and as such is now free to negotiate with foreign clubs and even sign a pre-contract agreement, if a deal can be reached.
The report claims: “Transfer rules dictate that Lallana must have permission from his current employers if he wants to negotiate with other English clubs before his current deal expires.
“That isn’t thought to be an issue in this case, because Liverpool have given him their blessing to plan his future, and made it clear to the England international he won’t be offered a new Anfield contract.”
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has said that Lallana will be “weighing up his options” as the expiration of his Anfield contract draws nearer.
Rodgers said last week: “Adam is a fantastic player and one I brought into Liverpool. I have been aware of his talents since he was a young player at Southampton.
“He has done brilliantly [at Liverpool] and I’m sure he will be weighing up his options.
“But I don’t need to speak about that now. We’ve spoken about that all through January. I don’t need to speak about the summer transfer window. I would only add he is a top-class player.”
Lallana was brought to Liverpool from Southampton by Rodgers in 2014 and was impressive under the Northern Irishman, before continuing to flourish in the first couple of seasons of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure.
However, injury problems and the additions of Naby Keita and Fabinho have cut the first-team opportunities available to Lallana, with the Englishman making only 19 appearances this term, of which just three have been starts in the Premier League.