The Express understands that Liverpool have moved a step closer to signing Dejan Lovren, with Southampton identifying the man to replace him.
England World Cup duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana have already swapped St Mary’s for Anfield and their former teammate Lovren is likely to follow should the Merseyside club cough up an extra £5m, after having a bid of £20m turned down.
Lorient’s Bruno Ecuele Manga, who has also been linked with a move to Everton, has been targeted by Saints as a contingency plan following a fine season in Ligue One.
The 25 year old made thirty-six appearances in all competitions last season, scoring once, while internationally, he has been capped twenty-three times for Gabon.
Southampton, who appointed former Dutch international Ronald Koeman as Maurico Pochettino’s replacement last month, finished eighth in the league last season, but having already lost a number of their star players, you may be tempted to take advantage of Bet 365’s offer of 13/2 for them to be relegated next May.
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