Jun 14, 2013, 5:47 PM EST
Southampton found a gem as they signed center back Dejan Lovren from Olympique Lyon from France’s Ligue 1. He can also play right back if needed.
The 23-year-old set the Saints back €10 million ($13.3 million). It’s the second-highest transfer fee Southampton has paid for a player, behind the purchase of Gaston Ramirez last summer for €15.7 million ($21 million).
Lovren has 17 caps for the Croatian national team, and has two goals for them, including this howitzer, the first of two late goals for the Croats to pip Wales 2-1 back in March. The national side also boasts names such as Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic, and Lovren’s partner at the back Vedran Corluka.
The defender said it was always a goal of his to come to England. “After three-and-a-half years in France, it was a dream to play in the Premier League. Now the dream has come true. I have it in my mind to do something big, and I see the same thing in the club.”
He also confirmed the deal on Twitter.
Lovren will partner at Southampton with Maya Yoshida and Jose Fonte at the back, as well as January addition Vegard Forren.
- VIDEO: PST Extra examines huge top four showdowns in Premier League 0
- Huge blow for Arsenal as Jack Wilshere is out for three months 0
- Bob Bradley talks Stabaek, job offers, offseason plans and more 0
- USA drop five places in latest FIFA world rankings; England on the up 1
- Despite their struggles, Liverpool’s season intact as spirit shines through 4
- Champions League roundup: Arsenal, Atletico Madrid through, tense elsewhere 3