Liverpool transfer rumours: Triple swoop almost sealed; Life for Pepe Reina yet?

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In what seems like groundhog day, several media outlets are reporting on Friday evening that Liverpool have agreed a £20 million fee with Southampton for defender Dejan Lovren.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 21, 2013: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Southampton's Dejan Lovren during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Daily Mirror‘s David Anderson writes:

Dejan Lovren will complete his switch to Anfield this weekend after Liverpool finally agreed a £20million deal with Southampton.

Whilst BBC Sport’s Ben Smith tweeted:

Reports in Croatia said the two clubs had agreed a fee last weekend, but the completion of the deal appears to have been delayed this week.

Complicating the matter further is the fact that Liverpool and their medical staff are in the USA for a pre-season tour, having lost 1-0 to Roma in Boston on Wednesday night.

The Reds are also expected to complete a deal for French international striker Loic Remy imminently. The Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce tweeted from America on Friday:

Divock Origi could complete a triple swoop for the week. The 19-year-old Belgian international is expected to be loaned straight back to Lille to continue his football development, but is highly rated in both France and his homeland.

06.12.2012, Stadio Friuli, Udine, ITA, UEFA EL, Udinese Calcio vs FC Liverpool, Gruppe A, im Bild Pepe Reina (# 25, Liverpool FC) // during the UEFA Europa League group A match between Udinese Calcio and Liverpool FC at the Stadio Friuli, Udinese, Italy on 2012/12/06. EXPA Pictures © 2012, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ Juergen Feichter

Meanwhile The Times football editor and Liverpool FC writer Tony Evans has an interesting idea that there may be a chance for Pepe Reina yet at the club, with the Spaniard having returned from his loan spell at Napoli.

Reina himself has been speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, with quotes picked up by the Daily Star.

The 31-year-old has suggested he would like to return to La Liga for the final part of his career, but at the moment he is focussed with Liverpool.

“I have a contract to respect with Liverpool. I’m training well and I am perfectly fine with my team-mates.

“I am here to stay. I have not talked to Brendan Rodgers, I’ve been here for only four days and I am just thinking of training to my best and getting back into shape.

“At the moment all the big Spanish teams are covered in my role, so I see it as very difficult to return to Spain.”

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