West Ham United will have to wait to speak to Liverpool star Adam Lallana over a reported move.
The Mirror claimed last month that West Ham are one of five clubs lining up to try and sign the Liverpool playmaker when his contract expires.
That was due to be June 30th. But the resumption of the Premier League season has seen clubs granted permission to extend such deals until the revised end of the season – July 26.
West Ham have let it be known their transfer dealings in the next window will be restricted as a result of the global health crisis.
David Moyes is looking for more creativity on a budget after the failings of Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere this season.
Moyes lining up possible Lanzini replacements
Lanzini has been particularly disappointing over the last year. And he could be sold this summer despite signing a new deal earlier this season (Football London).
West Ham have been linked with free transfer moves for German attacker Mario Gotze and Lallana – two very similar players.
There was talk Lallana may elect to leave Liverpool at the end of June to avoid risking an injury which could scupper his next move.
But Moyes will have to wait to try and convince Lallana to join West Ham.
That’s because the midfielder has signed a new short-term deal with Liverpool.
West Ham have to wait for chance to convince reported target Lallana
Sky Sports reports that Lallana has agreed to extend his stay with Liverpool for a further month and will see out the season with Jurgen Klopp’s side as they aim to secure their first league title in 30 years.
“Of course, one of the big personal positives about committing to this short-term extension is that I will now get to say goodbye to the people who mean so much to me in the right way,” Lallana said.
West Ham are not the only club in the running with Leicester also said to be seriously interested.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted there is a lot of interest in Lallana after agreeing the short-term extension.
And Klopp confirmed Lallana will be leaving Anfield in the next window.
Klopp admits interest, praises Hammers target
“I know how highly sought after Adam is in this moment by other clubs who want him for next season, so for him this is a commitment to us and we are very appreciative to him for it,” Klopp said.
“This is absolutely how it should be, too, because I am so pleased he will be with us to finish the job this season and have the farewell he deserves so much.
“It is not possible for me to find words in the English language to properly explain the importance of Adam Lallana during my period of being manager of this club.”
That ringing endorsement will further encourage West Ham to sign Lallana.
At 32, the Liverpool midfield ace does not fit the profile of young, hungry player Moyes wants to bring into rebuild West Ham (whufc.com).
But with the likes of Pablo Zabaleta leaving and captain Mark Noble set to be marginalised after telling West Ham’s owners to sign younger players to replace him (talkSPORT), the Hammers need some experienced heads.
Whether West Ham can convince Lallana to join is another matter.
But they will have to wait until August to find out.