Southampton, Updated: July 14, 2016 8:26 AM
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Southampton are being linked with a summer raid for Independiente del Valle’s Ecuador international central defender Arturo Mina.
New Saints manager Claude Puel is scouring the market to bring in reinforcements as the side have the added bonus of Europa League football to contend with next term following a sixth-placed Premier League finish in 2015-16.
Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk formed the regular central defensive partnership under former boss Ronald Koeman last term but it seems Puel would like to bring some quality competition to St Mary’s.
Mina currently plies his trade in his homeland and helped Independiente del Valle reach the semi-finals of last season’s Copa Libertadores.
However, his performances for Ecuador in their recent Copa America campaign have alerted Puel to his abilities and reports suggest the Frenchman is plotting a bid for the powerful stopper.