Liverpool transfer news: Dejan Lovren on verge of switch from Southampton
Brendan Rodgers has been pursuing the defender for much of the summer
Liverpool are on the verge of completing the signing of Dejan Lovren for a fee in the region of £20m, with reports claiming the defender will undergo a medical over the weekend.
The news sees Brendan Rodgers continue his ransacking of Southampton. Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert have already made the move from the south coast and despite a reluctance at St Mary's to sell Lovren it seems certain that he will also be going to Anfield.
The Croatia international made clear his wish for a move earlier this summer when he said that his “head is at Anfield”.
New Southampton manager Ronald Koeman pointed out that Lovren had three years on his contract remaining, and was openly critical of the 25-year-old's decision to go public. “You should keep this information within the club and not in the press,” he said. “That was not a good thing on his side".
It's been a difficult start in the Premier League for Koeman who as well as seeing what now appears to be a trio heading to Liverpool, also lost left-back Luke Shaw to Manchester United.
Although Southampton now appear to have relinquished in their battle to keep Lovrens, Koeman's previous comments suggest he will be unhappy about the deal. “I know Liverpool got a lot of money now after the transfer [of Luis Suarez to Barcelona] and normally they will spend that money and they will buy players and maybe they will buy one player of Southampton," he said. "That’s a decision of the board. But we’ve sold three players and that’s enough."
The arrival of Lovren continues a busy summer at Anfield where Lazar Markovic and Emre Can have already arrived and in addition to Lovren and more are expected to follow.
Lovren in action at the World Cup
Lovren will strengthen the heart of Liverpool's defence and be in competition with Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure for a regular place. With Champions League football on the horizon for Rodgers, the Liverpool manager has been keen to add depth to his squad.
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