Liverpool ace Dejan Lovren seemed to hint that his immediate future lies at Anfield, amidst links with West Ham, when speaking exclusively to the club’s official website.
The Croatian international joined Liverpool from Southampton for around £20 million in the summer of 2014 (BBC).
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According to an exclusive report from TEAMtalk, the Hammers, as well as Tottenham and Arsenal, are interested in signing the Liverpool centre-back.
David Moyes will undoubtedly be keen to bolster his central defensive ranks at the London Stadium this summer.
Angelo Ogbonna will be 32 next month. Meanwhile, Winston Reid and Issa Diop have both been linked with exits from West Ham.
And despite receiving criticism over the past year or so, Lovren would actually be a decent stop-gap signing for the Hammers.
In 161 Premier League appearances for Liverpool and Southampton, the 57-capped Croatia international has racked up 243 tackles, with an incredibly impressive success rate of 71% (premierleague.com).
He has also recorded 273 interceptions, 1,009 clearances and 713 ball recoveries. Lovren has won 920 out his 1,426 individual duals and 582 of his 871 aerial battles (premierleague.com).
The Croatian, who earns £100,000 per week (Spotrac) is a proper defender. And West Ham could do a lot worse.
But the Liverpool ace’s recent comments suggest that he wants to stick around at Anfield, as quoted by the club’s official website:
“It’s important to have a mix between really young players, the middle [age] players and the experienced players. I think we have it, this is the great balance. We are used to playing big finals and the big games and we know how to manage it. Even when we are 1-0 down we know what to do. This is why it’s important to have a balance in the team. If we keep the important players and the core of the team here for many years, we will only grow.”
It is clear to see by Lovren’s comments that he wants to stay with Liverpool and help them win trophies.
Whether West Ham still plan to test the Reds’ resolve with a bid for the 30-year-old, however, remains to be seen.