Southampton have continued their interest in signing Senegal defender Abdoulaye Ba during the January transfer window, according to talkSPORT.
The Saints were linked with Ba in the summer but couldn't come to an agreement before the start of the season.
The Senegalese central defender is currently on loan at Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes from parent club Porto.
Ba is six foot six inches, which makes him a dangerous opponent in the opposition box.
Southampton scouts were at Vitoria Guimaraes' 1-0 victory against Olhanense last week but Ba got sent off during the game.
The win leaves the Portuguese side fourth in the table, one place behind Ba's parent club Porto, but they sit 10 points ahead.
The defender is reportedly worth £2.5 million and would be a good player to have to help out the Southampton defence who have been leaking goals recently, after having one of the best defensive records in Europe at the start of the season.
Southampton have conceded 10 goals in the last five games in all competitions but have only conceded 19 goals all season which is the fourth best record in the league.
The 23-year-old has only made six appearances this season but is tipped for a promising future.
Aston Villa were also interested in the defender last summer, so Southampton could face a battle to sign Ba.
The Saints will try to sort out their defensive problems before their next league game when table toppers Arsenal visit St Mary's.
Southampton are ninth in the league but only eight points behind the Champions League places and have been one of the surprise packages of the season.
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