Anfield side set to bring in third St Mary’s star.
Southampton have reportedly accepted a £16m Liverpool bid for centre-back Dejan Lovren according to the Daily Express.
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Though Liverpool had little issue finding the back of the net last term they were very leaky at the back and the likes of Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure and Daniel Agger all failed to provide Martin Sktel with a solid partner in the centre of the Anfield defence, a role that 24 year old Croatian Lovren would certainly fill with aplomb.
Southampton paid Lyon £8.5m for Lovren last summer and whilst Ronald Koeman may have been keen to keep hold of the player the south-coast side will almost double their money in the space of a year, funds that can then be re-invested with the Dutch manager already publicly confirming his interest in Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar, stating;
“Ron [Vlaar] would definitely be an option.
“But I think he won’t be cheap right now. Let’s just wait and see.
“We just have to wait how it develops.
“For now, Dejan can still play with us. I don’t want to lose him but, if he leaves he will only go for a top price.”
Liverpool have already raided the St Mary’s side to bring in veteran forward Rickie Lambert and midfielder Adam Lallana and it looks likely that Lovren will provide the Merseyside with a type of hat-trick of Southampton talents.
Interestingly Rodgers’ side face the Saints on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
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