Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is looking to transform his side into a Dutch hybrid after being linked with former Inter Milan attacking midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
But now, the newly-appointed manager is in the fast lane to land Arjen Robben's international understudy, Eljero Elia, according to the Daily Express.
Whilst the 27-year-old is yet to feature for Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga this season, rumours are beginning to circulate that Southampton are in the drivers seat to sign Elia, a former target of Everton and Liverpool some years ago whilst the winger was in his prime.
Never the less, the Dutchman is well known for his electric pace and attacking threat; both factors that could be attracting the interest of his fellow countryman, Ronald Koeman.
With a lack of wide options at St Mary's, if the rumours are in fact true, then Elia would be a welcomed asset to Southampton's developing squad as his threatening characteristics could be a perfect recipe for goals for hungry forwards Graziano Pelle and Shane Long.
And, despite his thrilling talents, the winger will only cost the Saints a mere £4 million, if the paper reports are to be believed.
His time in the Bundesliga looks set to have reached the end of the line with no appearances this season, and the stint will be classed as a disappointment with just four goals in 60 appearances.
Despite rejecting opportunities to make a show in the Premier League, a move to Saints could be in the best interest of the 27-year-old as he looks to find some game time.
Southampton should be cautious though, given his previous off-field antics, which have earned him the nickname 'Dutch Balotelli'.
His experience at a high level comes in a large cluster also with two goals in 27 appearances for the Dutch international squad, beating Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben to a position on a regular basis.
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