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 By Mike Whalley

Liverpool close in on Dejan Lovren

Liverpool's new signing Lazar Markovic is already eyeing the Premier League trophy after his multi-million pound transfer from Benfica.

Liverpool are close to agreeing a deal with Southampton to sign defender Dejan Lovren.

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The Reds had a bid for the Croatia international rejected at the end of May, but made significant progress in talks to push through the signing, sources have told ESPN FC.

Southampton have indicated they are ready to accept the structure of Liverpool's offer for Lovren, according to The Times.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has made Lovren his top central defensive target this summer as he looks to tighten up a back line that conceded 50 Premier League goals last season.

Lovren would be the third player to join Liverpool from Southampton, following striker Rickie Lambert and midfielder Adam Lallana.

The 25-year-old could complete a move to Anfield in the next few days as Liverpool also look to conclude the signing of striker Loic Remy from QPR.

Remy is set to fly to the United States, where Liverpool have just arrived to start a preseason tour, for a medical on Monday.

The Reds agreed a fee of eight million pounds with QPR for the France international at the weekend. He is ready to join up with a Liverpool party who touched down on Sunday in Boston, where they will face Roma in a friendly on Wednesday.

Liverpool are also hopeful that they can sort out a deal to sign Lille's Belgium international Divock Origi.

The 19-year-old held talks with the Reds on Merseyside earlier this month after the two clubs agreed an initial fee of six million pounds, which could rise to 9.5 million with various add-ons.

Origi said that he wanted time to consider his future, but has now indicated that he is interested in a move to Liverpool.

If the transfer goes through, the midfielder would be loaned back to Lille for the coming season. Emre Can and Lazar Markovic have already joined Lallana and Lambert as new signings, with Rodgers having spent around 57 million pounds on the quartet.

He saw a 16 million pound bid for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno turned down in May, which fuelled interest in Swansea defender Ben Davies.

However, Tottenham appear to lead the chase for the 21-year-old.

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