Praet link re-emerges amid rival interest

Southampton have been linked with a fresh move for Anderlecht’s Dennis Praet, but face competition from newly-promoted Middlesbrough.

Southampton: Praet link re-emerges amid rival interestSouthampton: Praet link re-emerges amid rival interest

The Sun claim the Saints sent a scouting delegation to watch the 22-year-old Belgian midfielder this week and suggest a £10million swoop could be imminent.

Praet was linked to Southampton last summer when his agent was keen to get him a move but he remained in Brussels and started the campaign in poor form.

Saints boss Ronald Koeman is understood to be a fan but the £10m fee being reported sounds too much for a player just about to enter the final year of his contract.

Middlesbrough are thought to be major rivals for the midfielder’s signature with Boro scouts having been watching a number of Belgian targets this season with a view to bolstering their squad this summer.

Praet played in Anderlecht’s two defeats this week as the club were thrashed in a title decider to Club Brugge on Sunday before surrendering two leads in a 4-2 loss at Racing Genk on Thursday.

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