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Liverpool plot £40m bid for Lallana and Lovren

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is eyeing a double bid worth up to £40m for Southampton duo Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana.

According to the Daily Mirror, Rodgers is looking for quality over quantity this summer and has drawn up a short wish-list of his preferred targets.

Southampton captain Adam Lallana is top of this shortlist, but the report also notes that Liverpool could be tempted to make an offer for Croatian international Lovren as well.

It could be a summer of transition on the south coast, with several of the club's top young stars being lined up by the Premier League big guns.

Lallana has been mentioned as a target for Manchester United while teenage full-back Luke Shaw is also in-demand.

Lallana, who was called up for Roy Hogdson's England World Cup squad earlier this month, is believed to be Liverpool's top target as Rodgers gears up for a season of Champions League football at Anfield next term.

But he also wants strength in depth at the centre-back position. It's an area in need of improvement as the club's defence ultimately cost them a first ever Premier League title.

Mamadou Sakho has shown promise in his first season at Liverpool but Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger have failed to impress on a consistent basis.

As a result Rodgers could turn to Lovren, who was excellent in his debut campaign in the Premier League for the Saints, as the club finished eighth and with a record points tally.

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