Report: Liverpool agree fee for fifth signing, could Bakkali follow?

Zakaria Bakkali

According to reports, centre back Dejan Lovren could be set for a move from Southampton to Liverpool - and Zakaria Bakkali may join him.

Liverpool have already been busy in the transfer market this summer, snapping up Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can and Benfica winger Lazar Markovic - and reports tonight suggest that manager Brendan Rodgers could be poised to make his fifth and sixth signings of the summer.

Since watching his side spectacularly throw away a 3-0 lead at Crystal Palace to draw 3-3 and effectively hand Manchester City the title, Rodgers has been linked with a number of defenders - but none quite as strongly as Southampton's Croatian international Lovren. The former Lyon star has impressed with the Saints since his £8.5m move last summer, and Liverpool's pursuit of the 25-year-old has been going on for weeks now.

It finally seems that they have reached an agreement to reunite Lovren with former team mates Lambert and Lallana after reports in his native Croatia revealed that a €20m (£16m) fee has been agreed. That seems slightly lower than the figures previously quoted, but how the money is paid will go a long way to striking a deal. Sportske Novosti say that the transfer has 'finally' been agreed, and his presentation with the Reds will be on Tuesday.

Yet with Luis Suarez's departure from Anfield to Barcelona now confirmed, the £75m they received will also need to be spent in the attacking third of the pitch. Lambert, Lallana and Markovic go some way to helping that, but Rodgers has also been looking to future in his pursuit of PSV Eindhoven's Zakaria Bakkali - and he appears to have got his man.

Speculation in Eindhoven tonight suggests that Liverpool have now agreed a fee with the Eredivisie side, and talks between the Reds and Bakkali have begun. The 18-year-old's attitude has been troublesome for PSV in recent months, but he's been widely tipped to be a star of the future - if he gets his head down. Rodgers' work with Raheem Sterling could be a glimpse of what's to come from the Belgian, and Eindhovens Dagblad journalist Rik Elfrink says the youngster could be set for Anfield.

Dutch website report however that Liverpool have enquired, but PSV have accepted an offer from an unnamed club. This could be enough to spark the Reds into pushing through a deal for him. If they do move on him and increase their interest, it will have to be now, for a player who has just one year remaining on his current contract.

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