Lyon ace targeted

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Liverpool and Chelsea are ready to battle it out for the services of Lyon defender Dejan Lovren in the summer, reports have claimed.

The Croatia international has become a regular in the Lyon side after moving to France from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2010 and a host of Europe's top clubs are showing an interest.

Both Liverpool and Chelsea are keen to sign a new central defender in the close season and the 23-year-old is said to be on their wanted list, while Everton have also been linked.
Lovren does have a poor disciplinary record after being sent off three times this season but his game is suited to the Premier League and a bidding war could be on the cards.
The defender has a contract with Lyon until 2014 but there are no signs of him penning a new one and Lyon could sell rather than risk losing him for nothing.