According to The Athletic’s Chris Waugh, Steve Bruce had been keen to bring Adam Lallana to Newcastle this summer – but the Liverpool attacker now looks set to sign for Brighton instead.
Waugh claims that Lallana is a player Bruce ‘likes’ and believes he was a player we were in the mix to sign on a free this summer not so long ago, however it seems he’s set for the South Coast, not St James’ Park.
The Athletic claim Brighton were the one interested club prepared to offer him a long-term contract, with Lallana, 32, expected to sign a three-year deal at the Amex next week.
They also report that he’ll take a significant wage cut to join Graham Potters side, with his previous contract at Liverpool said to be earning him a whopping £100,000 per week.
Although Lallana would’ve been the sort of Premier League proven attacker who could’ve added another good option to our attacking artillery, it’s fair to say the current regime would’ve never offered a 32-year-old on decent wages a three-year deal – even if he seems a real coup for any mid table club on a free.
Let’s hope this isn’t the first of many examples where uncertainty at boardroom level limits us this summer!
After all, COVID-19 will leave so many clubs shopping around for bargain over the coming months, making our ability to beat Premier League rivals to value for money deals more important than ever.