South coast latest: Lovren future to be determined, Pompey sign duo

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Today's south coast latest brings you news from Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Plymouth Argyle.

Lovren's Southampton future to be determined after Croatia's early World Cup exit

The answer to where Dejan Lovren's future lies could be revealed sooner rather than later after Croatia surprisingly crashed out of the World Cup yesterday.

They were thumped 3-1 by Mexico last night and as a result finished third in their group that also featured Brazil and Cameroon.

Lovren handed Southampton a transfer request 13 days ago and the centre-back is desperate to leave the club after just one season at St Mary's Stadium.

Former coach Mauricio Pochettino is keen on taking Lovren with him to his new club Tottenham Hotspur, and it's reported that a £15 million move could be on the cards.

Spurs will likely face stiff competition from Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool who are also in the market for a new defender after narrowly missing out on the Premier League title last season.

With Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw also crashing out of the World Cup with England, new Saints boss Ronald Koeman could sort out the futures of all his wantaway stars in the coming weeks.

Bournemouth's Adam Smith: "I never got the vibe (at Spurs) that people didn't want to play for their country"

Ex-Tottenham, current Bournemouth defender Adam Smith is shocked at Harry Redknapp's recent allegations that England players tried to avoid international duty.

The full-back came through the youth ranks at Spurs whilst Redknapp was in charge, but never made a first team appearance for the Lilly Whites.

The 23-year-old, who has 11 under-21 caps himself, told the Bournemouth Echo: "I couldn't comment on individuals but I never got the vibe (at Spurs) that people didn't want to play for their country. I definitely never heard anybody talking like that.

“Wherever I have been, whether players had been picked for England or other countries, I never got the impression that people did not want to go and, to be honest, I could not imagine anybody not looking forward to it."

Pompey announce signings of James Dunne and Michael Poke

The Portsmouth News are reporting that Pompey have completed deals to bring James Dunne and Michael Poke to the club.

Dunne joins the Blues from Stevenage, and he spent half of last season playing in the Scottish Premiership with St Johnstone. The 24-year-old midfielder came through the ranks at Arsenal.

Poke was formerly Torquay United's number 1 goalkeeper but after their relegation out of the Football League last season he became a free agent. He began his career with Southampton and with them being Pompey's bitter rivals Poke will be hoping that does not leave him out of favour with the Fratton Park faithful.

Plymouth explain Hourihane sale

Plymouth sold Irish midfielder Conor Hourihane to Barnsley yesterday in a deal worth a reported £200,000, much to the dismay of the club's supporters.

Today the club have released a statement on their official website saying that they did not want to part with the 23-year-old, but they had no choice.

The statements claims that Hourihane wanted to leave the club and play at a higher level; they had already turned down two offers from Barnsley before having to accept the third.

He also only had 12-months remaining on his contract and the board have said that he was unwilling to discuss new terms, so they had to cash in now or risk losing him for nothing next season.

Hourihane was a key member of the Argyle squad last season contributing 9 goals in 53 appearances for the Pilgrims.

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