Southampton have held extensive contract talks with their latest academy prospect Matt Targett in a bid to get the teenage talent tied down to a long-term deal, primarily because Chelsea have been tracking the left-back for some time.
Targett made his full debut for Saints against Millwall in the League Cup last month and is very much viewed as the next potential superstar to emerge from the South Coast's club conveyor belt of academy graduates.
Saints believe the 19-year-old could be Luke Shaw's long-term successor following his £27m move to Manchester United and are ready to hand the whiz-kid a five-year contract on vastly improved terms as a result, according to The Mirror.
Targett, who has been with Southampton since the age of eight, was handed his second senior Saints appearance by Ronald Koeman in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup clash with Arsenal.
Koeman tasked Targett with keeping Arsenal's World Cup star Joel Campbell and he did the job impressively, with strong running and impressive levels of concentration and focus.
Saints have signed Ryan Bertrand on loan to make sure there's someone with experience to play at left-back week-in week-out in the Premier League, but don't be surprised if Targett pushes him hard for a starting spot.
Saints confident deal will be agreed soon
Chelsea are one on several Premier League clubs who are thought to have been keeping a close check on Targett's progress in recent times, so it looks like Saints will be facing another long-running battle to make sure their first team gets the benefit of some terrific work at youth level on the south coast.
Whenever a new Saints youngster bursts onto the scene comparisons with the likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are quickly made, but Targett will progress at his own rate and expect Koeman to be very careful with the prodigy over the next 12 months.
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