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    mr miyagi wrote:
    OK. Throughout this whole sorry episode, I have not commented about the comings and goings (mainly goings) at Saints, but enough is enough. I have just seen on Sky that Arsenal are closing in on Calum Chambers for a reported £16m. This is a player with limited first team experience for £16m! What the f*ck is going on. With Lambert, Llanana & Lovren to Liverpool, Shaw to Man U, Chambers to Arsenal and possibly Schneiderlin to Arsenal or Spurs. Also Clyne, Rodriguez and Fonte have been mentioned as possible departures, that would make up to 9 players leaving, with arguably 8 of them as first team players.

    How can the board of a club that finished 8th last season allow this to happen, when they should be building on that success. In all my years I have never witnessed such a potential demolition of a club. I firmly blame Ralph Kruger and Les Reed, as I see them as the sole decision makers in this process, particularly for coming out and stating there would not be a fire sale and no star players will be sold. Liars.

    I know if a player wants to leave, you will struggle to stop that, but could they not be sold a vision that they must have been sold by the previous regime. No disrespect to Villa, who have struggled for the last two or three seasons, but they say hands off and thats that, end of story. We say hands off and the next thing we know the player has been sold.

    We will run out of time to buy any suitable replacements, if any, and start the season fielding a young inexperienced team, like Villa did, and take some beatings. On top of that, how can we expect to attract any big players in, the first question they will ask is 'Why is everyone leaving? Thanks but no thanks'. Pelle and Tadic probably only signed because they knew the boss, but that stream will dry up pretty quickly, or do we become Feyanoord on the coast? Season starts in three weeks, but our last signing was two weeks ago, apart from the young goalie from Torquay.

    I am really fearful of next season, particularly if the kids get thrown in. I think it will have a detrimental impact on the Academy, but really hope it don't come to that.
    Superb post.
    No attempt to keep any players. Sure they still would have gone, but a little tempter might have swayed a couple.
    All the board saw were $ signs and plenty of them."
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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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