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Report: West Ham and Crystal Palace want £20m Liverpool enforcer

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Report: West Ham and Crystal Palace want £20m Liverpool enforcer

Several clubs are showing their hand in the race to sign Dejan Lovren.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren looks set to have the choice between four London clubs during the summer transfer window. According to Team Talk, Crystal Palace and West Ham have joined the race to sign the Croatian alongside Arsenal and Tottenham.

The 30-year-old centre-back will almost certainly leave Liverpool during the summer as Jurgen Klopp sets about reshuffling his squad.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are the first choice pairing, with Joel Matip seen as the competition from the bench.

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At the moment, Lovren is the fourth choice but if Klopp were to add another defender in the summer, he could slip further down the pecking order.

Palace and West Ham’s interest won’t be of as much interest to Lovren as that of Arsenal and Tottenham.

One thing that Roy Hodgson and David Moyes might have in their favour, however, is the ability to offer Lovren regular first-team football.

After a couple of years on the fringes at Anfield, the experienced player must choose his next move carefully.

 

Lovren signed for Liverpool in 2014 costing £20 million from Southampton (BBC Sport).

He has played 184 games for the Reds and also helped Croatia to a World Cup Final during his time at Anfield.

He hasn’t been a bad defender but the arrival and performances of Van Dijk have shunted him down the order.

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At this stage in Lovren’s career, the most important thing is to be playing football.

Staying at Liverpool to be on the fringes again next season makes no sense and the £100,000-a-week enforcer should seek a move elsewhere.

Both Palace and West Ham would love a player of Lovren’s ilk within their ranks and his presence would enhance their prospects of a good season during 2020/21.

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