Monday, June 23, 2014

Liverpool in pole position to sign Lovren

LIVERPOOL are favourites to beat Tottenham to the signature of Southampton star Dejan Lovren this summer.

New Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants the £15m-rated defender to follow him to White Hart Lane, having only joined Saints from Lyon last summer in a deal believed to be worth around £8.5m.

The 24-year-old impressed at the back alongside Jose Fonte, as Southampton surprised many by cruising to a top-ten finish.

Spurs were linked with a move for the centre-back this week after Lovren handed in a transfer request earlier this summer in order to force through his departure from St Mary's.

But Liverpool are being backed to beat Spurs to the defender, with leading bookmakers offering 8/11 that he will join the Reds over their Premier League rivals, who rank in at 6/4.

Strengthening the defence is a priority for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and the £15m-rated Lovren has long been a target for the former Swansea boss.

Other summer targets for the Anfield outfit include Lovren's team mate Adam Lallana, who hopes to press on with a deal once the World Cup is over.

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