Southampton reject £18 million bid from Liverpool for Dejan Lovren [Sky Sports]

It is understood that Southampton have rejected an £18 million bid from Liverpool for defender Dejan Lovren.

Sky Sports report that Southampton won’t sell for any less than £25m, having already waved goodbye to Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert as they jumped ship for Anfield.

Although they have sold star players this summer, Southampton deserve credit for being shrewd operators in the transfer market, squeezing every bit of value out of each player.

Lallana went for over £20m with Luke Shaw heading to Man United for closer to £30m, the most expensive teenager of all time.

Liverpool have money to spend after qualifying for this season’s Champions League and can expect more cash to flash if they sell Luis Suarez to Barcelona, as expected.