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Report: Nice make bid for Southampton star Mario Lemina; talks continuing between the two clubs

Nice have made a bid of £3.4 million for Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina, according to a report from Le 10 Sport.

Lemina looks set to be on the move this summer. The 27-year-old spent last season away from St Mary’s on loan at Fulham.

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The Cottagers had reportedly set their sights on making his move permanent. However, their relegation put paid to those hopes.

Newcastle have been linked with a move. But the Magpies are apparently reluctant to spend £4 million on the Gabon international with his contract expiring next summer.

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And that appears to have left the door open for Nice to make their move for the midfielder.

According to Le 10 Sport, the Ligue 1 side have bid £3.4 million for Lemina. It is noted that the two clubs remain in talks over a potential deal.

Southampton will welcome chance to offload Lemina wages as Nice make bid

On his day, Lemina has looked like an outstanding talent. However, it probably says a lot that Saints fans did not seem to miss him too much while he was at Craven Cottage.

That was despite Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side enduring a really disappointing season.

So selling him this summer would be a boost for the Saints.

Even if the transfer fee is not game-changing for Southampton, offloading his wages will certainly help.

According to Spotrac, he is on £40,000-a-week. So moving him on will be good news as the Saints look to bring in fresh targets this summer.

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