Premier League - Liverpool set to land Dejan Lovren in record £20m deal

Dejan Lovren will become the most expensive defender in Liverpool's history as he prepares to finalise a £20 million switch from Southampton, according to media reports.

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Premier League - Liverpool set to land Dejan Lovren in record £20m deal
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Lovren is expected to join fellow Southampton players Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana by departing Saints for Anfield in a move than will carry Liverpool's spending for the summer beyond £80 million.

That may sound a hefty outlay, but most of Brendan Rodgers' business in the transfer market has been funded by the sale of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona for £75 million.

Croatian World Cup central defender Lovren is expected to undergo a medical on Saturday before flying out to join Liverpool's squad in their pre-season tour of the USA.

The fee agreed with Southampton is greater than the fees of £18m that Liverpool paid to sign Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain and Glen Johnson from Portsmouth.

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