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  • "Most of the players that have left already have been sold for ridiculous sums of money, and I don't believe that replacing every one of them for the same price as they were sold is necessarily good business sense. I can only imagine what a juggling act it must be financially for the board who are responsible for the longevity of the team in this day and age.
    However the justification is certainly there to warrant at least one world class player to make a difference and inspire the team.
    So now it is definately evident to everyone that the transfers have to take some priority in the defense. I'm sure that Koeman of all people know what is required in this area. It would be a great loss to have come this far and lose it all, but whatever our opinions of the owner, the board and their dealings, rational thinking would dictate some patience is further required by fans to see how the club reacts, and see what pans out during the first few months of the EPL before getting hysterical about the possibility of relegation."
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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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