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    The Rise of The Foot Soldier. wrote:
    KING RON KOEMAN has the great advantage over Nigel adkins and also Judas (MP) in that he can attract HIGH CALIBRE PLAYERS.

    HE was the one very good appointment - once judas fled.

    IT WILL DO NO HARM to have a Dutch contiogent in the Team - they seemed pretty good in the World Cup and that combined with existing Players and youth means if we ACT DECISIVELY with STRONG LEADERSHIP we can move ahead to a Team that really wants to play for this Gaffer.

    I WILL NOT CLAP OR SUPPORT ex Players especially the Wantaway ones - they had my support when they were at St Marys.

    Ok, we get that you won't clap any ex-players :o)

    I probably won't either, except Ricky who I think is a legend in every sense of the word, but we can agree to disagree on that one.

    However I think the points you make about Ronald Koeman and acting decisively are absolutely spot on. We have to act fast to allow the squad time to gel and to appease fans. We all know what a fickle place St Marys can be at the best of times - we've all hard heard people whinging when we're three nil up! If we start the season with a negative atmosphere it could prove disastrous."
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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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