Reds confirm signing of defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton.
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Liverpool have found a fruitful source of transfer this summer in the form of Premier League rivals Southampton, with the Reds confirming the signing of centre back Dejan Lovren from St Mary’s on a long-term contract, with the Croatian becoming the fourth player to arrive at Anfield from the Saints this summer.
Lovren has signed a long-term deal with the Reds after passing a medical at the club and will link up with his teammates for pre-season training in the coming days.
The 25 year-old has been consistently linked with a move to Liverpool since returning from Croatia’s 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign, having reportedly demanded to be allowed to leave St Mary’s.
Southampton have now lost Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert to Anfield as Ronald Koeman sees the squad that he inherited get picked apart, with former manager Mauricio Pochettino also having departed for Tottenham Hotspur.
Lovren only spent one season with the Saints, having signed for £7m from Ligue 1 outfit Olympique Lyonnais twelve months ago, but his performances have been enough for Southampton to more than double their money.
With Lallana, Lambert, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic already inside the building, Brendan Rodgers’ overall transfer spending is hurtling towards £100m as the Reds look to build a squad capable of sustaining a title challenge alongside a Champions League campaign.
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