Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is closing in on a free transfer to Leicester City.
Football Insider revealed last month that the Foxes had offered a lucrative long-term contract to the midfielder as they looked to beat a queue of clubs to his signature.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Brendan Rodgers has opened talks with Lallana and is confident of agreeing terms.
That would be a blow to Lallana’s many other suitors, who include Premier League big guns Tottenham, Arsenal, West Ham and Burnley as well a top sides in Italy and Spain.
But the England international, who turned 32 last month, is keen to be reunited with Rodgers, who lured him from Southampton to Anfield in 2014.
He has been a fringe player at Liverpool over the last two seasons, partly due to injury and partly due to the intense competition for places.
At Leicester, Rodgers wants Lallana to pull the strings in an up-and-coming side that are third in the Premier League restarting in a fortnight’s time.
The versatile midfielder is a free agent from the end of June and may even leave days after the Premier League is due to resume.
Ex-Leicester coach Kevin Phillips told Football Insider last week he’s convinced Lallana will snub other clubs to move to the King Power Stadium.
Jurgen Klopp has spoken gushingly of Lallana in the past, hailing him as a “pure joy to watch” and “incredible” a year ago as he worked his way back to full fitness.
Lallana has stayed fit in this campaign but has made just three Premier League starts among his 22 appearances in all competitions.
The former Southampton captain has made 178 appearances in six seasons for Liverpool, scoring 22 times and providing 22 assists.