Report: Liverpool close on record transfer after fee agreed

The Reds have been chasing their top defensive target all summer and look to have finally made some headway after agreeing a record fee for a defender.

Croatia international defender Dejan Lovren has long been clear on his intention to join Liverpool before the start of the season, but like so many moves this summer, it has looked like a deal not without its problems. But now the Reds look to have finally made a breakthrough.

Several sources in the media are claiming that the largest hurdle in the transfer, Southampton's reluctance to sell for anything more than a gargantuan fee, has been bypassed, with the two clubs agreeing a £20 million fee on Friday.

Such a fee would make Lovren the most expensive defender Liverpool have ever signed, as the Merseyside club look to shore up a defence that struggled at times last year. It is hoped the former Lyon man, who only joined Southampton last summer from Ligue 1, will star alongside Martin Skrtel with the Reds out to go one better than their second placed finish.

BBC Sport report that the 25-year-old, who featured in the World Cup in Brazil this summer, is set to undergo a medical at Anfield this weekend while Brendan Rodgers and his squad are still in the US.

Presumably Lovren will jet out to join up with his new teammates should the move go through without any hitches.

Sky Sports reporter Jim White had earlier this week hinted that a deal between the two clubs was inching closer, and it appears that Liverpool are indeed very close to signing their third player from Southampton since the end of last season.

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