Ibrahim Sangare has explained to Voetbal International why Southampton missed out on his signature to Dutch giants PSV.
The midfielder had been linked with a move to St Mary’s Stadium earlier this summer but he has now linked up with the Eredivisie outfit.
A 22-year-old defensive midfielder checked in at PSV from Toulouse, following their relegation from Ligue 1.
Sangare basically admitted interest from the Saints but claims there was a lack of progress.
He told Voetbal International: “Things were a little slow at Southampton.
“I was very interested in PSV. This is a very interesting choice in terms of club. I’ve seen PSV matches and I’m impressed with the way they play.
“When such an opportunity presents itself, you should seize it. This is just the beginning for me.”
Sangare has headed to Holland for a fee of just £8.2 million and that would have represented a steal.
The youngster is an Ivory Coast international and despite his tender years he has 86 first-team appearances to his name.
Southampton have worked tirelessly to try and add to their squad this summer but keep hitting brick walls in their attempts.
Tom Davies has been linked from Everton, whilst Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has also been mentioned too.
Southampton picked up their first win of the season against Burnley on Saturday night but it’s fair to say the squad needs reinforcing.
The midfield engine room is a particular area of concern and signing Sangare could have proved a decent piece of business.
With the player saying the Saints were too slow, it perhaps suggests they weren’t actually as keen as reports suggested.
Ralph Hasenhuttl will surely want new arrivals in before the deadline, however.