Southampton, Updated: July 28, 2016 1:18 PM
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Southampton are reportedly ready to make an official approach for Sporting Lisbon defender Ruben Semedo.
The south coast club have been monitoring the centre-back for some time and sent scouts to watch him in a friendly against Villarreal recently.
Southampton currently look likely to start the 2016-17 campaign light in defence due to Portugal internationals Jose Fonte and Cedric Soares returning late after Euro 2016.
New boss Claude Puel is keen not to be caught out and is hoping to secure the services of Semedo to provide cover.
Reports claim that Southampton are ready to make contact with the Portuguese club next week as they try to tempt the sale with an initial offer of £8million plus a further £2million in add-ons.