PHOTO: Dejan Lovren in Liverpool shirt as defender finally signs

Liverpool have tied up the deal for Southampton defender Dejan Lovren, who joins the club for around £20 million.

Brendan Rodgers has finally managed to capture his prime defensive target after signing Croatian international defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton, their third signing from the Saints this summer. And the player wasted no time in getting the famous Liverpool colours on and discussing his joy at signing for "one of the biggest clubs in football history."

The Liverpool boss has confirmed that Lovren will now head out to the US to join up with rest of the Reds squad on their pre-season tour.

"This is a very important signing for us and I'm delighted it's completed so Dejan can join up with us on our US tour," Rodgers told

"He is a commanding and powerful presence and clearly has leadership skills, which is important; he fits the profile of player we are looking for."

Lovren himself was delighted, telling the Liverpool website: "I'm happy and glad to be here; I'm proud and can't wait to start."

Despite the disappointing transfer news coming out today that Loic Remy failed his medical and will not sign for Liverpool, the Croatian's switch has put an end to another of the summer's longest running transfer sagas.

The 25-year-old had told Croatian media some weeks ago that "his head was already at Liverpool" amidst interest from the Anfield club, citing disappointment in the way things were going at Southampton and surprise that the club didn't notify him of a bid from the Reds.

What followed was several weeks of uncertainty for the player, who returned from the World Cup in Brazil and went out on Southampton's tour of of Belgium, with the likelihood of a move toing and froing.

New Saints boss Ronald Koeman had earlier discussed his interest in keeping the former Lyon man at St Mary's while admitting that every player has his price.

And it appears that price is around the £20 million mark Brendan Rodgers is said to have spent on Lovren, with the defender now set to join a squad that had issues leaking goals last season. It is likely he will line up alongside Slovakian centre back Martin Skrtel in the middle of defence.

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