FORMER Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino is rumoured to be lining up a transfer raid on his old club, with Croatian defender Dejan Lovren his main target.

Pochettino, who quit Saints to join Tottenham earlier this summer, is widely reported to be preparing a £15m bid for the Lovren, whose Croatia side face a crucial clash with Mexico at the World Cup tomorrow.

The Croatian formed an impressive partnership with Jose Fonte at the heart of the Saints backline, but reportedly handed in a transfer request earlier this month, indicating his desire to leave St Mary’s.

It was rumoured that Liverpool would be his most likely destination, but it seems Pochettino is moving to tempt the 24-year-old to north London instead.