Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has set his sights on Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi, and he hopes to beat countryman Louis Van Gaal to his signature.
The Dutch coaches, who have both managed the star previously, are set to go head-to-head for Martins Indi's signing according to the Daily Star.
Although the defender only joined current club Porto this summer, it appears the interest from England has not waned.
Defensive reinforcements required
Although Southampton currently sit second in the Premier League, it would seem Koeman is still in the market for another defender. With Toby Alderweireld only on loan at present, it seems the Saints boss is still in the market for a more permanent solution.
Martins Indi's ability to play at left-back is also a positive for Koeman, although with Ryan Bertrand and Matt Targett in the running for that position, it seems more logical he would push Maya Yoshida towards the exit door at St. Mary's.
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Manchester United's weakness in the area is obvious, and with the current injury crisis at Old Trafford, it is no surprise Van Gaal is chasing one of his star performers whilst in charge of the Dutch national team.
Moving so soon
With Martins Indi only moving to Portugal this summer, following an impressive showing under Van Gaal at the World Cup, it remains to be seen whether the 22-year-old would be allowed to leave so soon.
Having made 15 appearances for Porto so far this season, scoring one goal, it seems that the 6ft 1in star is an integral part of the line-up at the Estadio de Dragao.
Power and potential
Both managers willl be aware that signing the defender would increase the power in their squads. Although not the tallest defender around, Martins Indi displays an air of dominance and this attribute would be highly welcomed at either club.
At only 22, there is also the probability that the former Feyenoord defender will continue to improve. Having already broken into the national team and featured in the Champions League this season, Martins Indi could become one of Europe's top defender's if he continues on his current rise.
Whether Koeman can tempt his countryman to the South coast is another matter. With the improvement he oversaw whilst in charge of the defender at Feyenoord, he could just offer enough to convince the defender to resist the possible overtures from Van Gaal.
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