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    Thornhill Saint wrote:
    So much criticism aimed at the club. So much negativity.

    Take the cash and spend wisely. It would be great if it were on multi million pound signings, but if some cash has to go to pay for Staplewood and new lighting so be it.

    Only idiots would think we can hold onto players who want to go when neither Newcastle, Liverpool or Arsenal can. Pardew has a point. A bit more energy getting behind the club or at least trying to understand what they are doing would be good, rather than this whaling and whining that goes on. Only idiots would need a lie down every time we get turned down in signimg a potential target. It happens to every club, even if bigger. Ask Astori.

    Looks like Saints are keen to make new signings. Tadic and Pelle look like good like for slightly better replacements. I look forward to what happens. If we don't sign any body else, I will still turn up and cheer on the Saints. I will be disappointed, but I won't slag off the family which saved this club and unlike others on here I won't be giving the impression I will soon be jumping off the Itchen Bridge over it.
    'Tadic and Pelle look like good like for like or slightly better replacements'

    How can you possibly say that? In my wildest dreams I hope they are, but you are making that statement on zero evidence and any reasonably knowledgable fan knows that buying from a foriegn league and expecting the players to be a runaway hit is far from a sure bet.

    Rickie is a club legend, Adam is our captain and has over the course of eight seasons or so, been one of our key players.

    If it's so easy to buy better players why didn't we do it in the last two years or before? Why did we spend upwards of £30 million on Osvaldo and Gaston (very much like for like Rickie and Adam) and neither of them have been within a country mile of those players.

    Lovren is another example. I bet if you'd never heard of Forren and we signed him next week you'd say he was an awesome replacement.

    I'm not saying it can't be done, but it is unlikely. To answer your Arsenal point, we can't go out and sign Alexis Sanchez, Giroud and Ozil or nick Remy on the cheap. There is a difference."
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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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