Portugal international full-back Cedric Soares is poised to be offered a new contract extension to stay at Southampton.
The 24-year-old right-sided defender moved to the Saints for £4.7million from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon on a four-year deal last summer.
However, Cedric impressed under then boss Ronald Koeman as he made 24 Premier League appearances as the Saints finished sixth to qualify for the Europa League.
His reputation was enhanced further in the summer as he played a major part in Portugal’s Euro 2016 success in France which has prompted the club to move in terms of tying him down to improved terms.
Cedric still has three years left on his original deal, but after James Ward-Prowse, Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand, Virgil van Dijk and Steven Davis have all penned fresh terms, Saints officials hope he will follow suit in the new Claude Puel era.
Once Cedric’s future is sorted, the club could move to get striker Shane Long and midfielder Dusan Tadic committed to longer term contracts.