Few clubs have been as active during the 2014 summer transfer window as Liverpool, having already brought in a multitude of reinforcements ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.
Brendan Rodgers isn't finished, however. The Reds could still use upgrades in the defensive unit, and with plenty of cash available thanks to the UEFA Champions League and the sale of Luis Suarez, Liverpool are still looking for a marquee signing.
Here's the latest transfer gossip coming out of Anfield.
Liverpool are playing AS Roma at Fenway Park in their first match of the Guinness International Cup, and the French international is expected to make the switch official in the coming days for a reported transfer fee of £8.5 million.
The BBC's Ben Smith confirmed the news:
Remy should fit Liverpool's high-octane style of play quite nicely, per WhoScored.com:
The Frenchman impressed on loan with Newcastle during the 2013-14 season, and while he's not a superstar striker like Suarez, he should provide the Reds with a solid option in front of goal and plenty of depth as the team prepares for the Champions League.
Remy is an opportunistic finisher in front of goal with the versatility to play out wide and enough technical baggage to be a force even when space is limited. At a reported fee of £8.5 million, he presents excellent value as a proven Premier League scorer.
Liverpool identified Lovren as their top defensive target at the start of the transfer window but saw their efforts to bring the centre-back to Anfield rebuffed by Southampton, who have already lost Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert to the Reds.
Lovren made it clear he had no intention of staying at the club, however, and new manager Ronald Koeman told Fox Sports (h/t to Goal's George Ankers) he wasn't pleased with the player's comments:
A player shouldn't say something like that, it's not very proper. We just have to wait how it develops. For now, Dejan can still play with us. I don't want to lose him but, if he leaves, he will only go for a top price.
A transfer seemed very likely, and now it would appear both teams have come to an agreement regarding a "top price."
Lovren immediately established himself as one of the Premier League's most reliable defenders during his first season with Southampton, and the lure of Champions League football proved too great for the Croatian to pass up.
A strong tackler with excellent vision and positional awareness, Lovren should be an immediate starter for a club that had some defensive issues during the 2013-14 season.
The imminent arrival of Lovren is bad news for longtime Reds defender Agger, who told a Danish newspaper he has no intention of spending another season on Liverpool's bench, via the Daily Mirror's David Anderson:
How things turned out last season is not acceptable for me. I am here now and it is up to me to show the coach that I should play.
Agger only appeared in 20 Premier League matches, via Anderson, and with the news he could soon be facing even more competition for a starting spot, he wouldn't rule out a transfer away from the club, saying: "Many things can happen in football and I do not want to exclude anything."
The Dane didn't have a bad season by any means in 2013-14, but Rodgers appeared to have more faith in Martin Skrtel and wants to give plenty of chances to the younger Mamadou Sakho.
The latter will likely be viewed as the player best suited to partner Lovren in the future, giving the Reds a young and powerful combination in the heart of the defense. That would leave Agger and Skrtel as veteran options providing depth, a role the former is apparently not comfortable with.
Agger will no doubt get his chance to prove he should be a starter next season, but the odds are against him. A move away from the club would seem a logical conclusion, although it would be a sad ending to a partnership that has lasted since 2006.
The vice-captain told the club's official website he was "overwhelmed" by the reception of the Brondby crowd when Liverpool played a preseason friendly in Denmark, and a return to his old club could be an option.
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