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Liverpool are set to take their summer spending close to £90million with the £20million capture of Southampton's Dejan Lovren.
The Merseysiders, who have also agreed an £8.5million fee for QPR striker Loic Remy, moved a big step closer to landing key Brendan Rodgers target Lovren last night.
Sunday Mirror Sport can reveal Southampton have identified Aston Villa's Dutch World Cup hero Ron Vlaar as the Croatian's replacement.
The South Coast club's new manager Ronald Koeman confirmed: "Yes, Ron is a serious option - but he's an expensive one."
Southampton will have to spend a huge chunk of the money raised on Lovren to land Vlaar, even though the Villa skipper is in the final year of his contract.
But the South Coast club are now resigned to losing a third player to the Anfield giants this summer.
Kop boss Rodgers, armed with a huge transfer fund boosted by the £75m departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, has already spent close to £30m raiding St Mary's for Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.
Remy has agreed personal terms on an £80,000-a-week deal after Liverpool triggered the release clause in his QPR contract.
Liverpool went after the 27-year-old French international after deciding Swansea's Wilfried Bony was too expensive at £19m.
Source: Daily Mirror
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