Writer: Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Thursday June 12 2014
According to widespread reports, Liverpool target Dejan Lovren has handed in a transfer request to current employers Southampton...
The chances of Croatian international Dejan Lovren moving to Merseyside this summer appear to have increased following news that the defender submitted a transfer request on May 30.
Lovren, 24, is one of a number of Southampton players whose future is currently up in the air while the club canvases potential new managers to replace the recently departed Mauricio Pochettino.
"Southampton Football Club can confirm that we have received multiple offers for some of our players in the past weeks," read a club statement earlier this month.
"...It remains our preference not to partake in any transfers until the new manager is in place."
In addition to their bids for England international Adam Lallana, Liverpool are believed to be amongst the suitors for Lovren's signature as Kop boss Brendan Rodgers attempts to reunite the pair with recent signing Rickie Lambert.
Lambert, 32, was allowed to make his move to Anfield after issuing a personal plea to be allowed to return to a club he both supported and represented as a boy.
From a business perspective, because of his age and decreasing market value, the £4million offer also presented Southampton with a fee difficult to ignore.
Like Lambert and Lallana, Lovren enjoyed a stellar season at St Mary's, helping the South Coast side to an impressive 8th in the Premier League.
The campaign represented his first in English football since arriving in a £7million deal with French side Lyon.
In his transfer request, emailed to Saints chairman Ralph Krueger and head of football development Les Reed, Lovren stated a desire to play in the Champions League as the main catalyst behind his decision to seek another move.
He is also thought to be unhappy with the departure of Pochettino.
Lovren, who has 24 caps to his name, is currently in Brazil as Croatia prepare to kick-off the World Cup against the hosts in Sao Paulo tonight.
In addition to not having a manger at present, Southampton are probably keen to keep their leading players for now incase their values increase as a result of eye-catching performances at the World Cup. The likelihood however is that both Lovren and Lallana, along with left-back Luke Shaw, will depart at some stage soon. From a Liverpool perspective, after our defensive frailties last season, Lovren would be a very good addition; the Croat is strong in the air, technically proficient and reads the game well. Price wise, the Saints will probably be looking to at least double their money. Hopefully this rumour comes to fruition.
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Date:Thursday June 12 2014
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