Dejan Lovren tipped to make Liverpool move

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Liverpool are favourites to make Southampton defender Dejan Lovren their fourth deal of the summer - despite late interest from Arsenal.

According to the Daily Star, Brendan Rodgers is ready to go back to Saints with an offer for the £15m-rated (€18m) central defender. And Sky Bet make Liverpool heavy 8/11 favourites to sign the Croatian ahead of Arsenal at 2/1.

Tottenham, now managed by Lovren's former boss Mauricio Pochettino, are also contenders and are priced at 4/1 to win the race.

Lovren: A Premier League success

The Croatian international was one of the less heralded arrivals at St Mary's last season when Pochettino paid £8m to bring him to England from Ligue 1 giants Lyon.

Despite the fanfare that greeted the signings of Victor Wanyama and Pablo Osvaldo, Lovren quickly established himself as the key capture of the summer for the Saints, forming a rock-solid partnership with Jose Fonte.

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He's known to be a big fan of Pochettino though, and in the wake of the Argentine's departure, Lovren has reportedly been agitating for a move. Reports before the World Cup even claimed he'd gone as far as to submit a formal transfer request to the Southampton board.

Rodgers' interest

Brendan Rodgers has already raided Southampton twice this summer, first for striker Rickie Lambert and most recently for Adam Lallana. Their outlay on Southampton players as it stands is somewhere in the region of £29m - but Lovren would cost at least another £15m more.

The Liverpool boss wants a commanding centre-back and another left-back, after the Reds defence let the team down during their title challenge last season. Lovren has proven himself in the Premier League, and would compete with Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger for a regular spot in the defence.

A deal has also been agreed in principle to sign Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen.

Arsenal lurking?

But you can't rule out Arsenal, especially if Thomas Vermaelen does finalise his move away from the Emirates Stadium. Napoli and Manchester United have been linked with the Belgian, who is itching for first-team football after a season largely spent as a back-up.

Lovren would fit the bill as a replacement - he would challenge the Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny partnership and would be an excellent stand-in should either get injured or fall out of form.

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