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    Andy Welsh wrote:
    I know I'm going to get slated by the handwringers again, but this makes sound business sense. Selling a player who has publicly stated his desire to go, for more than double what we paid for him 12 months ago is a no brainer. I know a lot of you don't believe Saints will reinvest the money. I disagree with you and I believe that the team that starts at Liverpool will have an excellent blend of new players who Koeman wants and want to be here and academy graduates like Ward Prowse, Reed and Targett. We'll just have to wait and see who's right. Let's face it not many of us thought we'd finish 8th in the Premier League five years ago, so stranger things have happened.
    100% agree. Many of the players we have been strongly linked with are still potentially available and I’m really confident that we’ll see many new signings before the window closes. Yes, Saints will largely be going Dutch – our manager, perhaps 2 or 3 players and another 4 who are not Dutch but have been playing in the Dutch league (2 already with Tadic & Pelle) and several others to come. I am convinced that RK will mould our new team into a highly competitive one with a great blend of new players, existing players (far more are staying than are leaving) and those coming through the academy. The board did a great job in appointing RK. I feel that there is every chance that he will see his 3 year contract out and may well stay with us longer. Very importantly, with him at the helm, he’ll command far more respect from the players than Poch did and we should largely avoid a repeat of this summer’s exodus. Top 10 finish this year and steady improvements thereafter. I think RK’s impact has already been underestimated. Great times ahead."
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Fee of £20m agreed between Southampton and Liverpool for Dejan Lovren

Lovren fee of £20m agreed between Saints and Liverpool

Lovren fee of £20m agreed between Saints and Liverpool

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Liverpool have agreed a fee believed to be in the region of £20m for Saints defender Dejan Lovren.

The Croatian centre half has long been angling for a move to Anfield, after the Premier League runner-ups' interest in him was revealed.

At one point, he even threatened to not return to Staplewood following the World Cup in a bid to force through the move to Liverpool.

Manger Ronald Koeman said last week that he was prepared to let Lovren go if the Reds met Saints' asking price, as he did not want players at Southampton who did not want to be there.

He will be the third Southampton player to swap the South Coast for the North West this summer, following in the footsteps of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana.

In total, Liverpool have paid Saints around £49m for the three players, which is half of the total outlay Brendan Rodgers has put on seven new signings.

Lovren joined Saints from French side Lyon for a fee of £8.5m last summer.

It is understood he will undergo a medical tomorrow before finalising the move.

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