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After three years in the French Ligue 1 at Lyon, 23 year-old Croatian defender Dejan Lovren is moving to English Premier League side Southampton. Lovren had a falling out with Lyon management towards the end of the 2012-13 season and was benched for the club’s last few remaining games as a result. A transfer after the season finale looked inevitable.
Now Lovren will be moving to Southampton for a £6.8million transfer fee and will do battle with some of the best strikers the world has to offer. Southampton were promoted to the English Premiership after the 2011-12 season, where they finished in 14th place.
Lovren told Southampton’s website: “I’ve spoken a lot with the chairman and the coach and this is a great project. They told me a lot of positive things and I know the history of the club. It’s a big club and I’m very happy that I can be a part of it.”
A fresh beginning awaits the young Croatian defender as he looks to insert himself back in a respectable starting XI spot. With a solid season at Southampton, expect Lovren to be in Croatia’s starting lineup by the time September’s qualifier vs. Serbia kicks off.