Premier League runners-up Liverpool have launched an offer worth £8 million for Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren.
Such a claim is made by The Sun, who further suggest that the Reds boss Brenda Rodgers is also keen on a move for Cardiff's Steven Caulker, with the Northern Irishman obviously aware that he will need to significantly improve his defensive unit prior to their return to the Champions League.
Croatian international Lovren only arrived in the Premier League last summer, joining the Saints from Ligue 1 giants Lyon.
Rather than taking time to acclimatise himself to the obvious challenges posed by English football, however, the 24-year-old immediately established a reputation as one of Mauricio Pochettino's key players.
Despite enjoying a tremendous 2013/14 campaign during which they surprisingly managed to establish themselves as genuine title contenders, Liverpool's defensive frailties were on display for all to see during the final few weeks of the season.
The last-gasp and frankly ridiculous 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace - a match in which Liverpool had held a dominant 3-0 lead - particularly showcased the immediate need for Rodgers to prioritise the recruitment of new defenders this summer.
The addition of a left-back will be required given the absence of Jose Enrique and the unconvincing form shown by loanee Aly Cissokho, while a new centre-back certainly appears to be on the agenda with Anfield stalwart Daniel Agger having conceded yesterday that he does not know if he will remain at Liverpool for next season.
Lovren would be a strong signing for Rodgers and it seems wise that he is moving so swiftly to complete a deal before the former Dinamo Zagreb man further demonstrates his class at the World Cup this summer.
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