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Report: Southampton to lodge bid for Ibrahima Diallo

France v USA: Round of 16 - 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup
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Report: Southampton to lodge bid for Ibrahima Diallo

Southampton are reportedly poised to make an opening offer for Brest midfielder Ibrahima Diallo.

According to L’Equipe, the Saints are preparing to test the Ligue 1 side’s resolve over the 21-year-old, who has made a big impression at the club since making his debut in August 2018.

Southampton are turning to Diallo, after Ibrahim Sangare sealed a move from Toulouse to PSV Eindhoven.

France v USA: Round of 16 - 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup

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Diallo has an agreement with his club to leave this transfer window, and GFFN add that an offer of €15 million/£13.7 million plus bonuses could be enough to seal the deal.

At the moment Southampton have just made an initial enquiry, but they are ready to make their offer ‘imminently’.

 

The Saints of course need a replacement for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who joined Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the window.

TBR’s View – The next gem at St. Mary’s?

Southampton could well be onto a hidden gem in Diallo.

France v USA: Round of 16 - 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup

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The youngster, who is capped at U20 level with France and represented his country at the U20 World Cup in 2019.

He is a player with impressive energy in the middle of the park and loves to operate in front of the back four where he can mop things up.

He appears to relish doing the dirty work, and could be a really good pickup by Ralph Hasenhuttl, who lost a key man in Hojbjerg.

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