Southampton are in talks with Valencia midfielder Ever Banega’s representatives, according to Sports Direct News.
Saints’ manager Mauricio Pochettino has been given £30m to spend this summer - and the Argentina international is on his wanted list.
Having already signed defender Dejan Lovren from Lyon, Banega could be signed for a fee of £7.6m.
Internacional striker Leandro Damiao and Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama are other transfer targets they are currently pursuing, and the 25-year-old would be Pochettino’s first midfield signing for the club if his services are secured.
He has represented his country on 19 occasions, and was signed for a fee in the region of €18m by Los Che from Boca Juniors in 2008.
Banega has always been a regular starter in his five years at the Mestalla, and last season scored five goals in 44 appearances.
He would provide healthy competition for Jack Cork, Morgan Schneiderlin and Steven Davis in the midfield positions if a deal can be agreed.
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