Pochettino locks in Lovren

Croatian centre-back Dejan Lovren can sort out Southampton’s

defensive problems, says manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Saints conceded 60 goals in the Premier League last season, as

many as bottom club QPR.

However, the arrival at St Mary’s of 24-year-old Croatia

international Lovren for a reported fee of £8.5million

from Lyon is likely to significantly bolster Pochettino’s

rearguard.

The Saints boss said: “We’re very clear about our goals and

Lovren was one of them.

“He is quality as a player, has a presence on the field and he’s

good at solving difficult situations.

“I think his qualities will really suit the Premier League, so

we’re very happy to have him and to bring him into this

project.”

Pochettino continues to be linked with a move for Celtic

midfielder Victor Wanyama, and a host of other names are also said

to be interesting the South Coast club.

The Argentinian added to the Daily Star Sunday: “There are some

rumours of different players joining Southampton and a lot of

agents have linked us with players.

“That shows that Southampton is a very professional club, a

serious club and an ambitious one.

“It’s not just Wanyama that we’re looking at. There are a couple

more players we are expecting to talk to.

“All the players I have heard mentioned are good footballers and

I think they’d all be happy to come here – but perhaps we don’t

have a place for all of them!”