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Should Liverpool and Man United take a punt on this Saints star?

Date: 18th May 2014 at 9:59pm
Written by Christy Malyan

The Premier League season may have only drawn to a close last weekend but the transfer vultures are already circling around St. Mary's. Indeed, fearing that the coming World Cup could turn crazy season into super-crazy season, driving up Premier League price-tags beyond proportion until fiscal value loses all meaning, Liverpool have wasted no time in lodging a £20million bid for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, whilst England prodigy Luke Shaw has become the object of Manchester United's transfer desires via an apparently rejected £27million offer. But with both sides in desperate need of some patching up at the back ahead of next season, should their attentions be focused on a different Saints star - centre-back Dejan Lovren? The Croatian international arrived on the south coast last summer in an £8.5million deal and has since proved to be a major coup. Working in close tandem with centre-back partner Jose Fonte, Lovren has played a leading role in the Saints recording the fifth-best goals conceded record in the Premier League this season, 46, whilst in the clean sheet rankings they also stand proudly at fourth  with 15. In other words, only Everton, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea have defended better than Southampton this term. It's an enormous improvement on last season, where the Saints conceded 16 more, ranking them 13th for the year, and recorded only seven clean sheets, ranking them 16th. Although one can point to in ... Read More

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