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    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.
    I agree .. its not yet time to panic. Since M.L. bought the club, weve seen over and over that the front office keeps transfer deals close to the vest until they are done. Obviously we have sold ... but all are player that want to go. There wull be 4-5 quality signings before kickoff at Liverpool I am sure. I am more concerned by the lack of quality opposition for all of our preseason matches so far. Bournemouth, Swindon Town and two low league teans from Belgium and Holland?? Sure we are 4-0, but no real tests so far. I will be very happy if we win, draw or lose a shootout with Leverkusen, since they finished 4th last year in the Bundesliga. This should be a real test, and it will either reveal that our team is much stronger than we thought - even without new players .. or it will highlihgt major weaknesses that must be fixed before the season gets well underway!"
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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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