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Arsenal Join Spurs And Liverpool In The Race To Sign £15m Defender

The Gunners also want Southampton’s Lovren.

Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren is a known transfer target for Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, but now Arsenal have joined the chase for the 24-year-old, according to talkSPORT.

Lovren impressed during his debut season in the Premier League in 2013/14, helping shore up a Saints back line that had been especially leaky during the previous campaign.

However, the departure of manager Mauricio Pochettino, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw has worried the Croatia international, who has handed in a transfer request at St Mary’s.

This initially alerted the Reds, who are keen to bring in defensive support this summer and are hoping the presence of Lambert and the imminent £25m signing of Adam Lallana would help convince Lovren to complete the trio.

Yet the defender’s former boss and the man who brought him to England for £8.5m from Olympique Lyon in 2013, Pochettino, is now in charge at White Hart Lane and the pair have a good relationship.

Spurs also want to strengthen at the back with question marks over the defensive capabilities of captain Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul, but unlike the Merseyside outfit don’t have the lure of Champions League football for next term.

Now the Gunners have also entered the race, as they prepare for life without skipper Thomas Vermaelen – who is keen for more first team football away from the Emirates Stadium.

Although Vermaelen is no longer a regular in the starting XI, if the Belgium international were to leave it would mean support for Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker was extremely sparse.

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