Big Sam Allardyce stepped down from his post as manager of West Ham at the end of the season, prompting the same sort of managerial speculation to start down south as was happening on Merseyside before Brendan Rodgers was re-confirmed as manager of Liverpool. Would Jurgen Klopp be tempted by the bright lights of London? Would Carlo Ancelotti like a move back to the city he once called home? Would someone not as high profile end up taking the job?
The answer to the last question is probably, but that didn't stop people from connecting every out of work manager to the Hammers job. One less well known name that's currently being considered is former Croatia manager Slaven Bilić, who recently departed a two year spell managing Turkish club Beşiktaş. Though West Ham are still considering other options as well, Bilić's appointment could mean changes in Liverpool's defensive department.
The former Croatia manager is said to be interested in securing Dejan Lovren's services for West Ham should he be appointed manager. Having not even been offered the job yet, it's too early to say what kind of bid Bilić might put in for Lovren, but suffice it to say it's unlikely to be high enough to let Liverpool recoup their £20m spend on the player from last season.
It's also unclear as to whether or not Liverpool would even let Lovren go at this point. The defense struggled regularly last season, but with Martin Skrtel disgruntled over his latest contract offer and Sebastian Coates possibly headed off to Sunderland on a permanent basis, Liverpool's not necessarily as deep at CB as they were in the past and Brendan Rodgers might want to keep Lovren around for depth purposes at the very least.
Of course, the other major, major, major red flag on this story is that though it was reported in the Daily Express, it traces back to the Paper That Shall Not Be Named. Lovren doesn't have a huge support base on Merseyside in the first place, but even then it's probably not wise to trust this paper on transfer news unless independently backed up by another source.
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