Southampton are set to join the race to sign Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, who is available for around £15million this summer.
The Reds are willing to sell the Wales international, who shone for his country at Euro 2016, and are likely to accept bids of £15million for a player who only has a year left on his current contract.
New Saints boss Claude Puel has, like plenty of others, been impressed by Allen’s displays for Wales in France as he played an integral role for Chris Coleman’s side as they made it all the way to the last four of Euro 2016. But the St Mary’s chief will face stiff competition for the 26-year-old.
Allen’s former club Swansea are also interested and have already made one offer of around £10million for the midfielder, which was rejected as Liverpool hold out for more cash, while Spanish outfit Sevilla are keen too.
A move to the south coast may appeal to Allen, who has accepted he will have to leave Anfield to play regular first-team football, although a return to Swansea is thought to be his preference at this stage.
The Wales international joined the Reds in 2012 for around £15million and the Merseysiders hope to recoup that amount, aware his stock has risen this summer following his performances for his country.