Saints foiled in defender chase

Southampton’s bid to sign Lille defender Djibril Sidibe seems set to end in disappointment as he is close to joining Monaco.

Southampton: Saints foiled in defender chaseSouthampton: Saints foiled in defender chase

Saints have been linked with the £11million-rated full-back, who can also operate in midfield, and Sunderland have also been credited with an interest but French publication L’Equipe say a move to Monaco is now on the cards for the 23-year-old.

Sidibe, who was on the stand-by list for France’s Euro 2016 squad, is believed to have agreed personal terms with Monaco and they are confident a deal will be wrapped up by the end of the week.

Southampton could yet launch a bid to try and steal Sidibe away from Monaco but the speculation in France suggests the St Mary’s outfit have decided to move on and focus their attentions on other targets.

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