South coast latest: Lovren to go AWOL? Gosling explains move

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Today's south coast latest features news from Southampton, Bournemouth and Portsmouth.

Lovren to force through Southampton exit

The Daily Echo is reporting that Southampton and Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren may not return for preseason training in order to force a move away from the south coast club.

Southampton have already begun preseason training under new boss Ronald Koeman, but Lovren is currently on an extended break after playing a part in Croatia's disappointing World Cup campaign.

The club are understandably reluctant to lose another player after already seeing Ricky Lambert, Luke Shaw and Ricky Lambert depart for pastures new.

The defender, who only joined Southampton at the start of last season has already handed in a transfer request, with Liverpool and Spurs are said to be very keen on acquiring his services.

Lovren is also said to be dismayed that the club have not honoured his £20 million release clause that Liverpool have reportedly activated.

Although the Croatian should probably think long and hard about his next move because doing anything  unprofessional, like going AWOL from preseason, would hardly sit nicely with his potential suitors.

Dan Gosling explains Bournemouth transfer

New Bournemouth midfielder has told BBC Radio Solent that his transfer to the club was solely based on footballing reasons.

The 24-year-old struggled to live up to his expectations when he made a move to Everton in 2008 from Plymouth Argyle, and spells at Newcastle and Blackpool since have also not resulted in any long-term deals.

Gosling said: "It was all about finding a place for football reasons, financially it didn't really matter too much. I see this as a big opportunity to play regular football and that was one of the main factors in coming here."

"Obviously, I know my place isn't set in stone but I want to work hard and hopefully I can get the games that I want. I think Bournemouth is a team that's going somewhere. The facilities here are fantastic."

"I couldn't believe it when I turned up how good it was. They are laying the foundations for a bigger and better place and hopefully this season we can achieve those goals."

New striker excited by Pompey's ambitions

New Portsmouth forward Craig Westcarr has told The Portsmouth News that he is excited by the ambitions of the League Two side.

Westcarr joined the Blues as a free agent after Walsall surprisingly opted against offering their leading goalscorer of last season a contract extension.

The 29-year-old who can play as or behind the leading striker told The News: "At Walsall it was just a thing where me and the manager spoke, just an amicable chat, and we parted ways."

"I think most were surprised but he said he was going to go a different way – whatever that is – you just have to respect that. It’s one of them, it’s football, that happens."

"I’m really excited to be at Portsmouth, though. The club’s ambitions appeal to me and I’m looking for a really good season."

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