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Liverpool have seen a bid rejected for Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren, albeit for a fee Press Association Sport understands to be much lower than the reported £20m.
Having already acquired Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is now keen to bring yet another Saints player to Anfield, but the club have so far seen interest in the Croatia international Lovren rebuffed.
The 24-year-old joined Southampton from Lyon last summer in an £8.5m deal but is keen to leave and reportedly willing to go on strike to force through a move one season into a four-year deal.
It has been widely reported that Liverpool have seen a £20m bid for the defender rejected, but PA Sport believes their offer was far lower than that.
Lovren is in the midst of an extended break after competing for Croatia at the World Cup and, while Saints may have already lost key players to the Reds, they are in a strong negotiating position after raking in nearly £60m already this summer.
That money is to be reinvested in the squad by the recently-appointed manager Ronald Koeman.