In March 2014, David Moyes hatched a plan to bolster Manchester United’s ailing defense and salvage his ailing Old Trafford career.
Accordingly The post, It was a plan based on Dejan Lovren’s defensive talents. Defensive talent that threatened to make the 24-year-old one of the most sought-after young centre-backs in Europe at the time.
Moyes would, of course, be released about four weeks later. He takes ‘Operation Lovren’ with him. And later that year the Croatia centre-back would be the latest in a growing throng of players to swap Southampton for Liverpool and join north-west neighbors Man United for a fee of around £20m.
Considering Lovren’s Liverpool career has proven more likely than Rickie Lambert and Virgil van Dijk, this was hardly an ‘escape’ on par with some of Moyes’ other transfer targets at Old Trafford.
See Toni Kroos, Leighton Baines and Thiago Alcantara.
But while Lovren isn’t quite ‘one of the best defenders in the world’ – despite what the man himself may claim – The CV of the 32-year-old is certainly not to be scoffed at.
Could West Ham really sign Dejan Lovren?
It’s important to remember that Lovren made 14 appearances on the way to reaching the Champions League final in 2017/18.
And since leaving Anfield for Russia he has won three trophies in the baby blue Zenit St Petersburg shirt. A fourth could soon follow, with Zenit five points clear of Dinamo Moscow in the Russian Premier League table.
Accordingly tuttomercatowebWest Ham United will offer Lovren a return to English soil via a two-year deal at the London Stadium.
Premier League clubs are unlikely to take advantage of a FIFA decision allowing players based in Russia or Ukraine to terminate their contracts and join new clubs on free transfers.
But Lovren’s future after this season – like many of the RPL’s big stars – remains in doubt. Also, his Zenit contract has just over 12 months left.
“Dejan plays a very important role for us,” said Jürgen Klopp two years ago about the former Lyon player (Independent). “He’s played in a lot of big games in a Champions League final. He’s a very reliable player.
“His experience is absolutely valuable. Since I’ve been here, Dejan has always been either on the team, close to the team, or unavailable.”
Moyes is also a coach who understands the importance of ‘experience’.
Lovren may not be the youngster he was in 2014 when Manchester United were looking for a new centre-back.
But Captain Marvel Mark Noble’s impending retirement will deprive West Ham of their battle-hardened soldier. Maybe Lovren can take his place.
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