first_img 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 told BBC South Today. “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.” Southampton are holding out for more money for Lallana as they owe former club Bournemouth a 25 per cent sell on fee. Reports in Germany claim Liverpool have opened talks with Bayern Munich over a deal for Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri, who is being considered as an alternative should they not be able to seal the Lallana deal. Rodgers is also looking to offload a few players this summer but a deal to take winger Oussama Assaidi to Stoke on a permanent basis has reached an impasse on two fronts. The Moroccan enjoyed a promising loan spell at the Britannia Stadium last season and Mark Hughes is keen to secure the 25-year-old permanently. 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. However, Liverpool’s valuation – they reportedly want £2million more than the £3million Stoke believe he is worth – and the fact the player is currently sidelined with a knee injury is holding up negotiations. “We can’t do anything until we know where he is regarding his recovery,” Potters chairman Peter Coates told The Sentinel. “We do have a serious interest but we have other irons in the fire to make sure we have got the right balance in that area.” Liverpool have been warned they face a fight to sign Adam Lallana from Southampton this summer. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Baggies boss Tony Pulis has been in the market for a new goalkeeper all summer and has turned his attention to Lindegaard after failing in a bid to sign David Marshall from Cardiff. West Brom had been in discussions with the Bluebirds about Marshall but refused to meet the Welsh club’s valuation of the player – reported to be £5million. Press Association West Brom have signed Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard on a two-year deal. center_img Lindegaard had a year remaining on his contract at Manchester United but has now headed to the Midlands. “Since moving to England I’ve been impressed with how well West Brom have done in the Premier League,” Lindegaard said. “I had a good chat with Tony Pulis – I must call him the ‘gaffer’ now – and he convinced me it would be a good move for me and the club. “From there things moved very quickly. I was very keen to get it done so I can just concentrate on the thing that matters most, the football. “I am very happy to join and hope I can make a big contribution this season.” The 31-year-old, who joined United from Norwegian club Aalesund in January 2011 for a £3.5million fee, found his first-team chances limited, making the last of 29 appearances 16 months ago in a 4-0 victory against Newcastle at St James’ Park. Lindegaard will provide competition for Boaz Myhill, with regular number one Ben Foster not expected back until October as he recovers from a knee injury. He is the third player to move from Old Trafford to West Brom this year, following Darren Fletcher and Jonny Evans. Albion also announced that striker Brown Ideye had departed for Greek side Olympiacos for an undisclosed fee. Ideye, 26, joined Albion last summer from Dynamo Kyiv and scored seven times in 31 appearances. last_img read more

first_imgThe third-place Women of Troy have only lost one game at the Galen Center this year, and they are hoping that number remains the same when they play their final home matches of the season this weekend.With just five games left in the regular season, the No. 6 USC women’s volleyball team is trying to rack up every win it can to move up in the Pac-10 standings.USC will host No. 20 Arizona tonight before facing Arizona State on Saturday.“It’s important that we have wins in the next few weeks, but certainly we want to win at home,” USC coach Mick Haley said.Friday’s match puts USC up against a team it has already defeated this season. The Women of Troy knocked off the Wildcats in Tucson, Ariz., last month. But Arizona is very hungry for a win and might not be easy to beat a second time.“Arizona’s trying to move into our slot and get into the hunt to be one of the top three teams in the conference,” Haley said.On Saturday, USC will play an Arizona State team that is only 11-14 overall and 5-7 in the Pac-10. But the Women of Troy are not taking the Sun Devils lightly, especially since they upset USC earlier this season in Tempe, Ariz.“They’re playing actually better now than they played before, and we’re going to be at home, so I expect us to be much more focused also. So, it should be an interesting, interesting battle,” Haley said.Even with the improvement of the Sun Devils, Haley still believes his team is capable of winning Saturday’s match, as long as the Women of Troy limit their mistakes.“If we restrict the number of free points that we give to them with our errors, they’ll have a hard time beating us. But if we give them points, it’s going to be a very close game,” he said.Last weekend, USC knocked off then-No. 2 California for the second time this season before losing to then-No. 3 Stanford. While Haley claims his players have given a lot of effort this week in practice, it seems the loss might still be hanging over their heads.They’re really upset about not being able to play well against Stanford,” Haley said.The Women of Troy are hoping to avoid a repeat of last weekend, not only because they want to improve their record but also because Saturday night’s game has an additional significance.USC’s match against Arizona State marks Senior Night for three USC players. Middle blocker Zoe Garrett as well as outside hitters Geena Urango and Kimmee Roleder will all be honored for their contributions to the team throughout their college careers.“It’s always hard because you have kids for four years or five years, and you know it means it’s their last home match and last time they’re going to put that uniform on at home unless it’s the NCAA tournament, so it’s always really special,” Haley said.Both of USC’s matches this weekend will be at 7 p.m.last_img read more