A bitter rival club of Liverpool have expressed their interest in acquiring the services of impending free agent Adam Lallana.
The 32-year-old is set to become a free agent upon the expiry of his contract at Anfield next week.
Despite being fully fit, Liverpool are understood to be currently honouring an agreement to not play the player in their current league matches. This is to ensure that Lallana does not pick up an ill-timed injury and jeopardise his next move.
The Toffees have endured an underwhelming season this year, with criticism frequently coming in for their underperforming midfield.
At 32, Lallana would bring experience and guile to a side that has struggled to create chances at times this campaign.
Securing his signature won’t be a formality, however, with a further trio of clubs touted as potential suitors.
Burnley, Brighton and Leicester are all said to be considering an approach. With the presence of former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers at Leicester a possible boost to the Foxes’ hopes.
Ex-Red fires shot at Newcastle
Meanwhile, a former Liverpool winger has aimed a slur Newcastle’s way after revealing details of a major snub.
Jovanovic joined moved to Anfield as a free agent in July 2010, having agreed the move while Rafa Benitez was still Reds boss.
Though the Spaniard resigned the prior June, Jovanovic kept to his agreement. However he struggled to make an impact, making just 18 appearances for Roy Hodgson and then Kenny Dalglish.
He left after just one season to join Anderlecht and win consecutive Belgian league titles before retiring in 2013. But he actually had an option to prolong his stay in England.
The Serb has claimed that Newcastle, having finished mid-table in their first campaign back in the top flight, made an approach to sign him.
But Jovanovic rejected the Magpies, who finished fifth in 2011/12 after signing Demba Ba instead, because he “didn’t want to go one step down in England”.