Southampton and Liverpool to enter transfer talks for yet another player

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Southampton have contacted Liverpool over potentially yet another deal between the two Premier League clubs.

The amount of business done between Anfield and St. Mary's has been staggering over the past few years, with Liverpool signing six players from the south coast club since 2014.

Virgil van Dijk has been the latest, of course, with his £75 million transfer rocking the football world and making all the headlines since its announcement on Wednesday.

The enormous fee has set a new transfer record for a defender - by an incredible 50% over the previous high - and represents a rebuilding of relations between the two clubs after the disastrous attempts over the summer.

Liverpool moved early in June to tempt the Dutchman to Anfield, only to find themselves on the brink of being reported for tapping up by Southampton. They immediately moved to publicly withdraw their interest and set about building bridges with a club that has become increasingly frustrated with them.

The summer of 2014 saw Liverpool move to sign three players from the Saints - Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, and Dejan Lovren. The first of the three was amicable, however, the latter two left acrimoniously, souring relations with all parties.

That didn't prevent Liverpool from buying Nathaniel Clyne a year later though, or Sadio Mane the year after that, but Southampton eventually grew tired and found themselves with little patience for Liverpool's strong-arm tactics by June of this year.

But with the relationship somewhat repaired, and an enormous amount of money burning a hole in their pocket, Southampton have gone straight back to Liverpool to open talks once again - only they'd like to do the signing this time.

The Telegraph reports that Daniel Sturridge is at the top of Southampton's January wishlist, with a loan-deal until the end of the season being seen as the perfect way to boost their attack.

It's been no secret that the Saints sold Van Dijk with the express intention of using the money to find more goals in the team and stop the slide towards the relegation zone, with Sturridge representing a unique opportunity to find just that.

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The 28-year-old has found himself far down the pecking order at Anfield but has the experience and talent needed to inject a lot of quality into Southampton's forward line on his own - providing his injuries are behind him.

Not that they're stopping there.

Southampton are also linked with moves for former players Theo Walcott and Luke Shaw, as well as Swansea's Alfie Mawson and Fulham's highly-sought-after teenager Ryan Sessegnon.

They may have lost their star player, but Southampton fans may be looking at their most exciting transfer window ever.

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