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By ESPN Staff

Saints open to Dejan Lovren sale

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has admitted that Dejan Lovren could leave Southampton but warned Liverpool they would have to match their valuation.

Sources told ESPN FC on Monday that Liverpool have made significant progress in talks to push through the signing, despite Koeman saying the Croatia centre-back was not for sale earlier this month.

Southampton have already turned down a bid of 20 million pounds -- prompting a public complaint from the player -- but Koeman has now acknowledged that the 25-year-old could be sold if the money is right.

"If they are interested, they have to come with a bid, and a good one, and then we can speak about that, because the player likes to move," Koeman told reporters, including the Daily Echo, after Southampton's 1-0 victory over Swindon on Monday in a preseason friendly.

"Players have to be happy in Southampton -- they have to fight for the colours of Southampton -- and if not, OK, but always if there is a good bid on the table."

Koeman insisted, however, that there had not been any contact from Liverpool in recent days, adding: "That's strange because there is a lot of rumours about that."

He added on Sky Sports News: "We have had no bid from Liverpool for Lovren, that is the situation. If that does not change, he will continue to play at Southampton.

"We know there is a lot of interest in our players, I think that is normal, but we have to wait, we work on the team."

There have been reports that Koeman could now move for Aston Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar, who played for the Dutchman at Feyenoord, if Lovren moves on.

"These are rumours," he said. "I didn't say anything about Ron Vlaar. I only said I know him as a player. He's a good player. Maybe we need one of them [if Lovren leaves] the club, but still there is no bid in the last week from Liverpool, and normally he will continue."


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