Lovren, 32, joined Zenit in the summer of 2020 from Liverpool after seven years in the Premier League – six at Anfield, and one at Southampton. He has since added a Russian title to his name, and Zenit remain first this term.

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Some haven’t been following the news, however, as the Premier League has now scrapped that April 7 arrangement some time ago claiming that it militates against sporting integrity.

And West Ham told us – they had no interest in the player anyway and that the tale was made up in the first place.