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Mauricio Pocchettino is stepping up his bid to take defender Dejan Lovren to Tottenham, writes Steve Bates in the Sunday People.
Just 24 hours after Liverpool had a £15million bid for the 24-year-old defender rejected by Southampton, the former Saints boss triggered new employers Spurs' formal interest in the player.
The Saints want upwards of £18m for the Croatian star who only joined the club a year ago from Lyon in an £8.5m deal.
New boss Ronald Koeman wants Lovren to stay but it's thought the defender - on holiday after playing for his country in the World Cup - is adamant he wants to leave.
Pochettino wants the big Croatian to join him at White Hart Lane as he plans for the new season, but Spurs will have to come up with close to £20m to seal a deal. However, Liverpool are still in the frame.