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Rodgers - Lallana's the "right fit" for Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers told the club's website Lallana is an "exceptional young man".

"We are delighted to have secured the services of one of the Premier League's top talents in signing Adam Lallana.

"What is apparent about Adam is that his character is on a par with his talent.

"He is an exceptional young man and someone who has a love for the game - and, most importantly, a desire to progress and improve.

"Adam is motivated by being the best he can be and being part of something special. We believe he fits right in with what we are trying to do at Liverpool.

"We have seen, over the past two seasons in the Barclays Premier League, he has a tactical awareness to adapt to what is required of him and to put the team above his personal ambitions.

"He has leadership skills and personal qualities that make him a special commodity and I am delighted we have acted decisively to make sure he is wearing a Liverpool shirt next season.

"Adam is aware there will be great competition for places at this club and he is hungry to improve further.

"We are confident he will fit perfectly with the culture we have at Liverpool.

"I'm excited about working with Adam and helping him to progress even further."

– Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool FC

Lallana takes squad No 20 for Liverpool

Adam Lallana at Anfield Credit: Liverpool FC

Liverpool Football Club has confirmed the signing of Adam Lallana from Southampton in a reported £25m deal.

The 26-year-old has put pen to paper on a long-term deal with the Reds after passing a medical at Melwood.

Lallana becomes Brendan Rodgers' second summer signing following the capture of Rickie Lambert, who has also joined from the Saints, while a deal has been agreed in principle for Bayer Leverkusen's Emre Can.

Lallana at Anfield's famous Boot Room. Credit: Liverpool FC

The midfielder told "I'm so excited for the next chapter of my career, coming to a special club like Liverpool. I'm quite humbled and I just can't wait to get started.

"Hopefully I can settle in quickly, and I will give it my best throughout the whole time I'm here. I hope I can add something to the team and hopefully we can win trophies while I'm here, because that's why I'm here - for success."

Lallana arrives at Liverpool fresh from returning from Brazil, where he was a part of England's World Cup squad, making three appearances at the finals.

He made 250 appearances for Southampton between August 2006 and May 2014, hitting 58 goals in total and becoming club captain in 2012.

Lallana's performances last season earned him a place in the Barclays Premier League Team of the Year for 2013-14.


Cheadle FC to take on Dinamo Bucharest in prestigious friendly

Cheadle Town FC is a member of the North West Counties Football League. Credit: Cheadle Town Football Club

Cheadle Town Football Club will take on top-flight Romanian side, Dinamo Bucharest in a pre-season friendly tonight.

Dinamo is one of the two most successful Romanian football teams, having won 18 Romanian league titles, 13 Romanian cups and 2 Romanian super cups. Founded in 1948 they have spent their entire existence in the top flight of Romanian football.

Cheadle is a member of the of the North West Counties Football League.

Dinamo is one of the two most successful clubs in Romania. Credit: Fotbal Club Dinamo Bucure?ti

The club's media manager Stuart Crawford said: "This is a fantastic fixture for Cheadle Town Football Club - to play such an iconic and well known European club like Dinamo Bucharest.

"It will certainly be a massive test against Cheadle Town, as they come up against a side full of international players.

“The fixture will help provide the Football Club with a massive boost, both locally and hopefully nationally.”

The game is to be played at The De Vere Mottram Hall Hotel with a 7:30pm kick off.

For more information, visit the website of Cheadle Town FC.

Manchester United signing Luke Shaw excited by 'new chapter'

Luke Shaw says he is "looking forward" to his Manchester United career. The 18-year-old from Southampton on a four-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year.


More from @lukeshaw3: "I'm looking forward to this new chapter in my life & learning from the world-class players & management at the club."


Preston to sign winger Kyel Reid from Bradford

Preston North End have agreed to sign winger Kyel Reid from Bradford City, with the player joining the Lillywhites from 1st July.

Bradford winger Kyel Reid has agreed to join Preston North End Credit: PA Images

The club said the forward "completed a rigorous medical" after he missed the second half of the 2013/14 season due to a knee injury.

He has signed a two-year deal with the Deepdale club.

Reid his former England youth international at U17, U18 and U19 level.

Preston manager Simon Grayson said: “I have worked with Kyle before at Blackpool and Glynn has also worked with him, so we know a lot about him.

“He has been a big player for Bradford in the past couple of seasons and he’s the sort of player we have been looking to bring into the squad over the last few months.

“He is still young and hungry and we are looking forward to working with him.

Liverpool told to 'think about the fee' if they want to sign Southampton's Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana Credit: PA Pictures

Liverpool have been warned they face a fight to sign Adam Lallana from Southampton this summer.

Brendan Rodgers' interest in the England international, currently at the World Cup in Brazil, is long-standing and the Reds have tabled a couple of bids - the last a take-it-or-leave-it offer of £25million.

There was some hope there may be movement once Southampton appointed a successor to Mauricio Pochettino but the arrival of Ronald Koeman this week does not appear to have altered Saints' stance.

Executive director Les Reed reiterated the club's position after they allowed striker Rickie Lambert - who coincidentally will face his former club at Anfield on the opening day of next season - to join Liverpool in a £4million deal earlier this month.

"Lallana's been here long enough, we've brought him to this level and we feel that perhaps he should give it a little bit longer," he said.

Lallana - Liverpool will have to 'think about the fee' Credit: PA Pictures

"Anybody seriously considering coming for our players is going to have to think very significantly about the size of the fee.

"If we do take money it will be because it's the right amount and it enables us to improve the team and move forward."

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