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  • "Southampton FC it's clear now it stands for Southampton Feeder Club. 4 men overboard and Schneiderlin surely odds on to follow. Then there's Chambers and Clyne surely of interest to many. How to call a halt other than using transfer income to substantially raise the wages for those that remain. Cork is now in an excellent bargaining place to get a massive pay rise if he commits to the club. Who can blame them all really it's all about money.

    We can at least use our financial muscle to bully the likes of Celtic and Villa. It's the law of the jungle in football. The only loyalty comes from the fans, not players not managers not owners.

    Things could be alot worse at St Mary's. You only have to look at Pompey Blackpool and Bristol Rovers to name but three.

    Investment in the Academy will ultimately secure our survival and the men overboard will give a chance to Koeman to build his team and hopefully give the likes of Targett and Reed that's Harrison not Les, who has just signed a new 4 year contract,, the chances that otherwise they would have waited much longer for.

    As for the Liverpool 3 the Champions League will be all much ado about nothing, a one season wonder.

    Anyway Saints have alot of money to spend. Go and get those players Koeman and let's start rebuilding the team we call Southampton."
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Fee of £20m agreed between Southampton and Liverpool for Dejan Lovren

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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