Nantes will demand £20m this month for striker Emiliano Sala, amid interest from the Premier League, according to the Sun.
They report that the Ligue 1 outfit will require a bumper asking price to part with the man who has scored 12 league goals this season and that will be of interest to Southampton, who were linked with him last month.
That report claimed that the Saints were in competition with Fulham, Crystal Palace and West Ham for Sala’s signature, while the Sun report that Cardiff are now the front-runners after their manager Neil Warnock flew to France for talks with the hitman.
But with Manolo Gabbiadini all set to depart and return to Sampdoria in the coming days, Ralph Hasenhuttl may feel he needs a new striker in order to sustain the firepower required to propel a survival bid.
But £20m is too much for the Saints to pay out for a striker who would represent another mid-season risk, after Gabbiadini himself and Guido Carrillo last season.
Those big-money striking purchases in the last two Januarys have not helped Southampton much and Hasenhuttl should not spend so big on a 28-year-old who has never played in English football before mid-season, despite the windfall he is about to receive for Gabbiadini being able to cover just over half the outlay.