The news that Southampton are determined to keep central defender, Dejan Lovren, will be a disappointment to Tottenham who had hoped to sign the Croatian international.
A report in the Daily Express on Southampton’s decision to resist all moves to sign Dejan Lovren could cause Tottenham to look elsewhere in their search for a central defender. The Saints have already lost three of the players who helped them finish 8th in the Premier League last season with Luke Shaw joining Manchester United and Adam Lallana and Ricky Lambert moving to Liverpool.
It was always known that Southampton would call a halt to the sale of their top players at some point this summer but Tottenham had hoped that they could persuade Lovren to follow the former Southampton manager, Mauricio Pochetttino, to White Hart Lane.
Lovren signed for Southampton last summer from Lyon and impressed in his first season in the Premier League, playing 32 games. He was at the World Cup Finals playing in all three group games as Croatia finished third behind Brazil and Mexico.
Last month, during his time in Brazil, the Daily Mail reported that Lovren had handed in a transfer request indicating he wanted to join the list of players looking to leave Southampton this summer. He had stated his desire to play Champions League football which interested Arsenal and Liverpool but it was thought that Pochettino’s presence at Spurs could persuade Lovren to move to White Hart Lane.
There was a report yesterday in the Mirror of Liverpool stepping up their interest in signing Lovren which to my mind was a bit much from the Anfield club having already raided Southampton for two players this summer.
The news that new Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman, is wanting to retain the services of Lovren at the centre of his defence as he looks to strengthen his team with the proceeds raised from the earlier departures will disappoint Spurs.
If Southampton are resolute in their decision not to sell Dejan Lovren, where will Tottenham turn now?