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Report: Southampton close to signing Watford target for £857,000 less than his asking price

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According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Southampton are on the verge of signing Torino defender Lyanco, who Watford are also interested in.

What’s the story?

Well, the reliable Italian journalist believes Lyanco is close to joining the Saints, despite interest from the Hornets.

Di Marzio claims Southampton will pay €7m (£6m) for the Brazilian.

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Interestingly, the report states that Torino initially wanted €8m (£6.9m) for their No.4, but Lyanco’s desire to leave saw €1m (£857,430) knocked off his value.

That is particularly intriguing, as in some cases, the club could be angered and up their asking price in retaliation.

On the face of it, Torino haven’t put up much of a fight to keep Lyanco.

Nevertheless, their willingness to let him leave will hopefully be Ralph Hasenhuttl’s gain.

Who could Watford turn to after Southampton took Lyanco?

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Well, the Hornets were keen to sign Chelsea’s Trevor Chalobah.

However, after a string of incredible displays from the 22-year-old, Thomas Tuchel has decided to keep the centre-back, so he’s off the agenda.

Elsewhere, Watford have been linked with a move for Udinese centre-back Jens Stryger Larsen.

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Like Lyanco, the Dane plays in Serie A, so perhaps Watford did a duel scouting trip and added both defenders to their shortlist.

It’s also worth mentioning that Lyanco isn’t holding up the Southampton shirt yet – there’s still time to hijack the deal, if Xisco chooses to do so.

Keep your eyes on Watford’s activity, as it seems they’re desperate for a new centre-back.

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