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    Saintsayer II wrote:
    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.
    How can you believe that we will spend all the transfer income Reed has told us nothing but lies and that is probably another one
    Les Reed has not told us a single lie. It is quite extraordinary how many of you show hatred for the board. We’ve lost some top players but all the evidence suggests we have made enormous efforts to keep them – the only exceptions being a) Rickie, who we all accept gave great service and loyalty for the last few years deserved to go o his boyhood club and b) Osvaldo. I think that Morg will stay and will be our captain. The exodus is over. I watched the game on you tube tonight and was amazed how well the team is gelling already. Pelle was strong on and off the ball. Tadic was exceptional and played all over the field with strong back tackling, immaculate passing and great ball control. Isgove had a fantastic 1st half and scored an excellent goal. Tagett looked impressive throughout. Fonte had a good game too. Ramirez played his best 45 minutes for Saints since he joined us. RK used him to link up in the midfield and he responded really well. This is just a taster of what we will come to expect from our new manager. We will spend much of the transfer monies and it seems that quite a few deals will be struck in the next few days. I think my forecast of a top 10 finish may well prove to be rather conservative. We are on the up."
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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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