Saints sign Lyon defender

Saints have announced the signing of Lyon defender Dejan Lovren in an £8.5m deal.

The 23-year-old Croatian international has penned a four-year contract and becomes the club's first signing of the summer.

Centre half Lovren, who was linked with a move to St Mary's last week, bolsters the heart of Saints' backline, which was a priority to strengthen during the off-season.

Lovren told Saints' official website: "I’ve spoken a lot with the chairman and the coach, and this is a great project.

"They told me a lot of positive things, and I know the history of the club. It’s a big club and I’m very happy that I can be a part of it.

"After three-and-a-half years in France, it was a dream to play in the Premier League. Now the dream has come true."

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10:13pm Fri 14 Jun 13

Meribelsaint says...

And we're off! Very happy with this one..
COYR
And we're off! Very happy with this one.. COYR Meribelsaint

10:13pm Fri 14 Jun 13

Meribelsaint says...

And we're off! Very happy with this one..
COYR
And we're off! Very happy with this one.. COYR Meribelsaint

10:13pm Fri 14 Jun 13

saintmoz says...

Get in!!! Hopefully the first of many :)
Get in!!! Hopefully the first of many :) saintmoz

10:13pm Fri 14 Jun 13

florida saint says...

great signing saints, a few more of that calibre please, u t s
great signing saints, a few more of that calibre please, u t s florida saint

10:17pm Fri 14 Jun 13

SaintSuccess says...

Whilst on first inspection he looks a good, young and internationally experienced player. It worries me to see the extent to which the Lyon fans went to mock him only a few months ago with this ambushed poll on who Barcelona should sign.

You may need to do a bit of google translating but the jokers include...

"Lovren is the hazelnut in the Nutlella"

"Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears Dejan Lovren pajamas."

"Dejan, are my love. I miss you. I have not seen you for a long time baby ... Kisses"

"It's not Zlatan who makes goals, it is Lovren who permits it."

"Lovren is the white Beckenbauer"

http://www.mundodepo
rtivo.com/20130404/f
c-barcelona/que-cent
ral-ficharias-para-e
l-barca_54371981710.
html

Regardless, happy to assume he's sh*t hot. And to assume the French are, well, French!

COYR
Whilst on first inspection he looks a good, young and internationally experienced player. It worries me to see the extent to which the Lyon fans went to mock him only a few months ago with this ambushed poll on who Barcelona should sign. You may need to do a bit of google translating but the jokers include... "Lovren is the hazelnut in the Nutlella" "Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears Dejan Lovren pajamas." "Dejan, are my love. I miss you. I have not seen you for a long time baby ... Kisses" "It's not Zlatan who makes goals, it is Lovren who permits it." "Lovren is the white Beckenbauer" http://www.mundodepo rtivo.com/20130404/f c-barcelona/que-cent ral-ficharias-para-e l-barca_54371981710. html Regardless, happy to assume he's sh*t hot. And to assume the French are, well, French! COYR SaintSuccess

10:19pm Fri 14 Jun 13

St Retford says...

'Lovren will tear you apart again'.

Song sorted. Boof!
'Lovren will tear you apart again'. Song sorted. Boof! St Retford

10:20pm Fri 14 Jun 13

Invidia says...

All the rumours and all the gossip, no one but no one saw this one coming, an excellent signing, I believe he is right footed and correct me if I am wrong and I know you will but is David Astori also right footed?
All the rumours and all the gossip, no one but no one saw this one coming, an excellent signing, I believe he is right footed and correct me if I am wrong and I know you will but is David Astori also right footed? Invidia

10:27pm Fri 14 Jun 13

Stroppy_gramps says...

tres interessant!

(get me going all continental rodney!)

well from the youtube vids of him he certainly isn't scared of getting stuck in when he needs to and seems to have a fair amount of good positional knowledge.
puts himself about a bit and covers very well when makes a mistake.


didn't even think this guy was o nthe radar!

Still, hopefully a great signing and certainly a good one for the defence.
tres interessant! (get me going all continental rodney!) well from the youtube vids of him he certainly isn't scared of getting stuck in when he needs to and seems to have a fair amount of good positional knowledge. puts himself about a bit and covers very well when makes a mistake. didn't even think this guy was o nthe radar! Still, hopefully a great signing and certainly a good one for the defence. Stroppy_gramps

10:28pm Fri 14 Jun 13

Phil76 says...

St Retford wrote:
'Lovren will tear you apart again'.

Song sorted. Boof!
Brilliant work! 9.25/10.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: 'Lovren will tear you apart again'. Song sorted. Boof![/p][/quote]Brilliant work! 9.25/10. Phil76

10:34pm Fri 14 Jun 13

Saintsteve7 says...

Looks like he is quite quick and can play a bit. So fit in nicely!
Looks like he is quite quick and can play a bit. So fit in nicely! Saintsteve7

10:45pm Fri 14 Jun 13

ShakeyWiffles says...

Chuffed to bits with what I'm reading!
Chuffed to bits with what I'm reading! ShakeyWiffles

10:48pm Fri 14 Jun 13

Chriops says...

Awesome! I'd imagine that the Astori deal has fallen through, since he wanted his future sorted before he went to the confederations cup. Still, who knows...

Who will be next?

I'm also hearing that the Saints kit will be released later this month.
Awesome! I'd imagine that the Astori deal has fallen through, since he wanted his future sorted before he went to the confederations cup. Still, who knows... Who will be next? I'm also hearing that the Saints kit will be released later this month. Chriops

10:49pm Fri 14 Jun 13

rossofficial10 says...

excited about the new season already! more players to come to.

we got a great core of players like lambert, lallana and schneiderlin,

we are building a great team around them!
excited about the new season already! more players to come to. we got a great core of players like lambert, lallana and schneiderlin, we are building a great team around them! rossofficial10

10:55pm Fri 14 Jun 13

hedge end bob says...

From u tube looks like he plays left side centre back. Leaves the door open for a right sided c/b, ASTORI maybe???
Well done Nicola and Poochy,
STID
From u tube looks like he plays left side centre back. Leaves the door open for a right sided c/b, ASTORI maybe??? Well done Nicola and Poochy, STID hedge end bob

10:59pm Fri 14 Jun 13

Vancouver Saint says...

Invidia wrote:
All the rumours and all the gossip, no one but no one saw this one coming, an excellent signing, I believe he is right footed and correct me if I am wrong and I know you will but is David Astori also right footed?
Yep, he's right-footed. Astori is left-footed...
http://www.transferm
arkt.com/en/davide-a
stori/profil/spieler
_87210.html
[quote][p][bold]Invidia[/bold] wrote: All the rumours and all the gossip, no one but no one saw this one coming, an excellent signing, I believe he is right footed and correct me if I am wrong and I know you will but is David Astori also right footed?[/p][/quote]Yep, he's right-footed. Astori is left-footed... http://www.transferm arkt.com/en/davide-a stori/profil/spieler _87210.html Vancouver Saint

11:12pm Fri 14 Jun 13

sotoncretin says...

There was some talk of this on not 606 a short while ago so checked him out and looks a quality signing. Great work and top song shout St Retford
There was some talk of this on not 606 a short while ago so checked him out and looks a quality signing. Great work and top song shout St Retford sotoncretin

11:20pm Fri 14 Jun 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

SaintSuccess wrote:
Whilst on first inspection he looks a good, young and internationally experienced player. It worries me to see the extent to which the Lyon fans went to mock him only a few months ago with this ambushed poll on who Barcelona should sign.

You may need to do a bit of google translating but the jokers include...

"Lovren is the hazelnut in the Nutlella"

"Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears Dejan Lovren pajamas."

"Dejan, are my love. I miss you. I have not seen you for a long time baby ... Kisses"

"It's not Zlatan who makes goals, it is Lovren who permits it."

"Lovren is the white Beckenbauer"

http://www.mundodepo

rtivo.com/20130404/f

c-barcelona/que-cent

ral-ficharias-para-e

l-barca_54371981710.

html

Regardless, happy to assume he's sh*t hot. And to assume the French are, well, French!

COYR
Oui! I can confirm, the French really ARE French. Alas, it's the one thing for which I can't actually blame them.

(Retford, love the song, very Mancunian of you. There must be a thousand others from 'All My Lovren' to Kiss, 'I was made for Lovren you baby'.)
[quote][p][bold]SaintSuccess[/bold] wrote: Whilst on first inspection he looks a good, young and internationally experienced player. It worries me to see the extent to which the Lyon fans went to mock him only a few months ago with this ambushed poll on who Barcelona should sign. You may need to do a bit of google translating but the jokers include... "Lovren is the hazelnut in the Nutlella" "Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears Dejan Lovren pajamas." "Dejan, are my love. I miss you. I have not seen you for a long time baby ... Kisses" "It's not Zlatan who makes goals, it is Lovren who permits it." "Lovren is the white Beckenbauer" http://www.mundodepo rtivo.com/20130404/f c-barcelona/que-cent ral-ficharias-para-e l-barca_54371981710. html Regardless, happy to assume he's sh*t hot. And to assume the French are, well, French! COYR[/p][/quote]Oui! I can confirm, the French really ARE French. Alas, it's the one thing for which I can't actually blame them. (Retford, love the song, very Mancunian of you. There must be a thousand others from 'All My Lovren' to Kiss, 'I was made for Lovren you baby'.) Strasbourg Saint

12:03am Sat 15 Jun 13

saintshorse101 says...

what I want to know is, has he been signed for the start of the season or will we not see him until the second half of the season?
is that not we do with centre backs ;-)
what I want to know is, has he been signed for the start of the season or will we not see him until the second half of the season? is that not we do with centre backs ;-) saintshorse101

12:38am Sat 15 Jun 13

sotoncretin says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
SaintSuccess wrote:
Whilst on first inspection he looks a good, young and internationally experienced player. It worries me to see the extent to which the Lyon fans went to mock him only a few months ago with this ambushed poll on who Barcelona should sign.

You may need to do a bit of google translating but the jokers include...

"Lovren is the hazelnut in the Nutlella"

"Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears Dejan Lovren pajamas."

"Dejan, are my love. I miss you. I have not seen you for a long time baby ... Kisses"

"It's not Zlatan who makes goals, it is Lovren who permits it."

"Lovren is the white Beckenbauer"

http://www.mundodepo


rtivo.com/20130404/f


c-barcelona/que-cent


ral-ficharias-para-e


l-barca_54371981710.


html

Regardless, happy to assume he's sh*t hot. And to assume the French are, well, French!

COYR
Oui! I can confirm, the French really ARE French. Alas, it's the one thing for which I can't actually blame them.

(Retford, love the song, very Mancunian of you. There must be a thousand others from 'All My Lovren' to Kiss, 'I was made for Lovren you baby'.)
Seems a bit unfair that this bloke gets a song in about half an hour and our player of the year waits years and years. Maybe he needs to change his name
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaintSuccess[/bold] wrote: Whilst on first inspection he looks a good, young and internationally experienced player. It worries me to see the extent to which the Lyon fans went to mock him only a few months ago with this ambushed poll on who Barcelona should sign. You may need to do a bit of google translating but the jokers include... "Lovren is the hazelnut in the Nutlella" "Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears Dejan Lovren pajamas." "Dejan, are my love. I miss you. I have not seen you for a long time baby ... Kisses" "It's not Zlatan who makes goals, it is Lovren who permits it." "Lovren is the white Beckenbauer" http://www.mundodepo rtivo.com/20130404/f c-barcelona/que-cent ral-ficharias-para-e l-barca_54371981710. html Regardless, happy to assume he's sh*t hot. And to assume the French are, well, French! COYR[/p][/quote]Oui! I can confirm, the French really ARE French. Alas, it's the one thing for which I can't actually blame them. (Retford, love the song, very Mancunian of you. There must be a thousand others from 'All My Lovren' to Kiss, 'I was made for Lovren you baby'.)[/p][/quote]Seems a bit unfair that this bloke gets a song in about half an hour and our player of the year waits years and years. Maybe he needs to change his name sotoncretin

12:53am Sat 15 Jun 13

techsture says...

8.5 million.

World has gone mad.

Theres a quarter of our budget wasted on a nobody, who's next Charlie Austin for 15m?
8.5 million. World has gone mad. Theres a quarter of our budget wasted on a nobody, who's next Charlie Austin for 15m? techsture

12:57am Sat 15 Jun 13

sotoncretin says...

techsture wrote:
8.5 million.

World has gone mad.

Theres a quarter of our budget wasted on a nobody, who's next Charlie Austin for 15m?
Do you know something we and mp don't? Are you privvy to our budget ?
[quote][p][bold]techsture[/bold] wrote: 8.5 million. World has gone mad. Theres a quarter of our budget wasted on a nobody, who's next Charlie Austin for 15m?[/p][/quote]Do you know something we and mp don't? Are you privvy to our budget ? sotoncretin

1:12am Sat 15 Jun 13

saintkenny says...

techsture wrote:
8.5 million.

World has gone mad.

Theres a quarter of our budget wasted on a nobody, who's next Charlie Austin for 15m?
a nobody croation international many champions league appearances and hes a nobody try doing research perhaps your net another sad sorry skate from a team who blew millions premier league and you f@cked it up premier league and you f@cked it up whos laughing now
[quote][p][bold]techsture[/bold] wrote: 8.5 million. World has gone mad. Theres a quarter of our budget wasted on a nobody, who's next Charlie Austin for 15m?[/p][/quote]a nobody croation international many champions league appearances and hes a nobody try doing research perhaps your net another sad sorry skate from a team who blew millions premier league and you f@cked it up premier league and you f@cked it up whos laughing now saintkenny

1:19am Sat 15 Jun 13

hedge end bob says...

techsture wrote:
8.5 million.

World has gone mad.

Theres a quarter of our budget wasted on a nobody, who's next Charlie Austin for 15m?
What a stupid statement, wasted on a nobody. I think I will have to agree with saintkenny. You sound like one of the blue few so ssssssssssssssshhhhh
hhh.
[quote][p][bold]techsture[/bold] wrote: 8.5 million. World has gone mad. Theres a quarter of our budget wasted on a nobody, who's next Charlie Austin for 15m?[/p][/quote]What a stupid statement, wasted on a nobody. I think I will have to agree with saintkenny. You sound like one of the blue few so ssssssssssssssshhhhh hhh. hedge end bob

1:22am Sat 15 Jun 13

sotoncretin says...

sotoncretin wrote:
techsture wrote:
8.5 million.

World has gone mad.

Theres a quarter of our budget wasted on a nobody, who's next Charlie Austin for 15m?
Do you know something we and mp don't? Are you privvy to our budget ?
Gave benefit of doubt however on reflection .... Sshhhhhhh!
[quote][p][bold]sotoncretin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]techsture[/bold] wrote: 8.5 million. World has gone mad. Theres a quarter of our budget wasted on a nobody, who's next Charlie Austin for 15m?[/p][/quote]Do you know something we and mp don't? Are you privvy to our budget ?[/p][/quote]Gave benefit of doubt however on reflection .... Sshhhhhhh! sotoncretin

1:24am Sat 15 Jun 13

Sally Hamilton Original says...

Wow been at a wedding all day.. Actually turned my phone off for the first time in 2 weeks.. And we sign a player of decent std... Will turn it off for next 4 weeks and see who we sign!! Happy days
Wow been at a wedding all day.. Actually turned my phone off for the first time in 2 weeks.. And we sign a player of decent std... Will turn it off for next 4 weeks and see who we sign!! Happy days Sally Hamilton Original

1:36am Sat 15 Jun 13

sotoncretin says...

Sally Hamilton Original wrote:
Wow been at a wedding all day.. Actually turned my phone off for the first time in 2 weeks.. And we sign a player of decent std... Will turn it off for next 4 weeks and see who we sign!! Happy days
When you come back xavi and messi will be in our new stripes :)
[quote][p][bold]Sally Hamilton Original[/bold] wrote: Wow been at a wedding all day.. Actually turned my phone off for the first time in 2 weeks.. And we sign a player of decent std... Will turn it off for next 4 weeks and see who we sign!! Happy days[/p][/quote]When you come back xavi and messi will be in our new stripes :) sotoncretin

3:26am Sat 15 Jun 13

Mush On The Beach says...

St Retford wrote:
'Lovren will tear you apart again'.

Song sorted. Boof!
Sorted.
Welcome to the Joy Division Dejan.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: 'Lovren will tear you apart again'. Song sorted. Boof![/p][/quote]Sorted. Welcome to the Joy Division Dejan. Mush On The Beach

3:27am Sat 15 Jun 13

Mush On The Beach says...

saintshorse101 wrote:
what I want to know is, has he been signed for the start of the season or will we not see him until the second half of the season?
is that not we do with centre backs ;-)
Cheeky.
[quote][p][bold]saintshorse101[/bold] wrote: what I want to know is, has he been signed for the start of the season or will we not see him until the second half of the season? is that not we do with centre backs ;-)[/p][/quote]Cheeky. Mush On The Beach

4:29am Sat 15 Jun 13

Tirau Dan says...

Asked to describe what sort of player he is he said " Aggressive.. long pause not to break the players leg I like to play so I wouldn't do that.

Watching the videos on you tube,, the lad is fit fast and very cool.. tackles well and passes out from the back under pressure at the top level.. .. there is a cracking long shot on you tube there too. He may not get many goals but if scores for Saints like that SMS will explode in song with his name.. We're Lovren Dejan
Asked to describe what sort of player he is he said " Aggressive.. long pause not to break the players leg I like to play so I wouldn't do that. Watching the videos on you tube,, the lad is fit fast and very cool.. tackles well and passes out from the back under pressure at the top level.. .. there is a cracking long shot on you tube there too. He may not get many goals but if scores for Saints like that SMS will explode in song with his name.. We're Lovren Dejan Tirau Dan

6:10am Sat 15 Jun 13

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

techsture wrote:
8.5 million.

World has gone mad.

Theres a quarter of our budget wasted on a nobody, who's next Charlie Austin for 15m?
You stink of fish and you know you do,
You stink of fish and you know you do.

Crawl back under your sister skunt!
[quote][p][bold]techsture[/bold] wrote: 8.5 million. World has gone mad. Theres a quarter of our budget wasted on a nobody, who's next Charlie Austin for 15m?[/p][/quote]You stink of fish and you know you do, You stink of fish and you know you do. Crawl back under your sister skunt! Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child

6:41am Sat 15 Jun 13

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

SaintSuccess wrote:
Whilst on first inspection he looks a good, young and internationally experienced player. It worries me to see the extent to which the Lyon fans went to mock him only a few months ago with this ambushed poll on who Barcelona should sign.

You may need to do a bit of google translating but the jokers include...

"Lovren is the hazelnut in the Nutlella"

"Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears Dejan Lovren pajamas."

"Dejan, are my love. I miss you. I have not seen you for a long time baby ... Kisses"

"It's not Zlatan who makes goals, it is Lovren who permits it."

"Lovren is the white Beckenbauer"

http://www.mundodepo

rtivo.com/20130404/f

c-barcelona/que-cent

ral-ficharias-para-e

l-barca_54371981710.

html

Regardless, happy to assume he's sh*t hot. And to assume the French are, well, French!

COYR
I think the French were just trying to compliment him in typical French style, lol
[quote][p][bold]SaintSuccess[/bold] wrote: Whilst on first inspection he looks a good, young and internationally experienced player. It worries me to see the extent to which the Lyon fans went to mock him only a few months ago with this ambushed poll on who Barcelona should sign. You may need to do a bit of google translating but the jokers include... "Lovren is the hazelnut in the Nutlella" "Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears Dejan Lovren pajamas." "Dejan, are my love. I miss you. I have not seen you for a long time baby ... Kisses" "It's not Zlatan who makes goals, it is Lovren who permits it." "Lovren is the white Beckenbauer" http://www.mundodepo rtivo.com/20130404/f c-barcelona/que-cent ral-ficharias-para-e l-barca_54371981710. html Regardless, happy to assume he's sh*t hot. And to assume the French are, well, French! COYR[/p][/quote]I think the French were just trying to compliment him in typical French style, lol Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child

8:35am Sat 15 Jun 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Looks and sounds a great signing.
Only tiny small concern is the picture on sky sports page has his knee strapped up?
Anyway the future is bright...
Looks and sounds a great signing. Only tiny small concern is the picture on sky sports page has his knee strapped up? Anyway the future is bright... Norwegian Saint

9:28am Sat 15 Jun 13

Saint-Lewis91 says...

Class singing with international and champions league experience! The saints can only keep getting better going to build a side that will be pushin for top half finish easy! Well done NC and MP
Class singing with international and champions league experience! The saints can only keep getting better going to build a side that will be pushin for top half finish easy! Well done NC and MP Saint-Lewis91

9:58am Sat 15 Jun 13

Rudolf Hucker says...

Just Googled Dejan, and he looks like mustard,or did I spell it wrong?
Just Googled Dejan, and he looks like mustard,or did I spell it wrong? Rudolf Hucker

10:09am Sat 15 Jun 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Rudolf Hucker wrote:
Just Googled Dejan, and he looks like mustard,or did I spell it wrong?
That's good :)
[quote][p][bold]Rudolf Hucker[/bold] wrote: Just Googled Dejan, and he looks like mustard,or did I spell it wrong?[/p][/quote]That's good :) Strasbourg Saint

10:48am Sat 15 Jun 13

legod7 says...

On the OS website he was signed for an UNDISCLOSED fee, so where did the the £8.5m come from ?
On the OS website he was signed for an UNDISCLOSED fee, so where did the the £8.5m come from ? legod7

11:36am Sat 15 Jun 13

theocelot says...

Looks well good (:

And the Kit will defo be revealed this month, adidas tweeted me directly with that answer when I asked about a week or so again.

And 8.5m? Have a laugh!
Gonna be upwards of 10m
Looks well good (: And the Kit will defo be revealed this month, adidas tweeted me directly with that answer when I asked about a week or so again. And 8.5m? Have a laugh! Gonna be upwards of 10m theocelot

12:42am Mon 17 Jun 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

legod7 wrote:
On the OS website he was signed for an UNDISCLOSED fee, so where did the the £8.5m come from ?
I guess the £8.5m came from the Leibherr coffers.
[quote][p][bold]legod7[/bold] wrote: On the OS website he was signed for an UNDISCLOSED fee, so where did the the £8.5m come from ?[/p][/quote]I guess the £8.5m came from the Leibherr coffers. OSPREYSAINT

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