Whilst Southampton continue to be distracted by the ongoing saga revolving around the future of centre-back Virgil Van Dijk, it seems that new boss Mauricio Pellegrino is acting quickly to sign up potential replacements. The Daily Mail say that Pellegrino could even look to his former club Alaves to complete a £2.6 million signing of left sided centre-back Zou Feddal.
Who is he? What would he bring to Saint Mary’s?
Feddal, a 6ft3in Moroccan international, was a regular and first choice under Pellegrino at Alaves last season. Signed from Levante on a free transfer, he played 33 games and was crucial to his team’s run to the Copa del Rey final.
At 28 years of age, Feddal is a strong and committed defender who is known for his consistency. Not the best with the ball at his feet, he is more than capable of breaking up play and isn’t afraid to put his body on the line to protect his team.
Is a move likely?
It would seem so. Pellegrino knows the player well and he is expected to want a reunion, and at such a bargain price it would almost be foolish for the Saints not to make a move for him. Whilst it may not fit with their usual transfer policy of signing younger players with a resale value, Feddal is coming in cheap and would bring experience to a shallow defence.
Newcastle and Brighton have also been linked and may look to pose a last minute threat to the deal, but the pulling power of Pellegrino’s relationship with the defender could prove to be decisive in luring him to the Saints over their south coast rivals or the reputation of Rafa Benitez.