Southampton given boost in race to sign Serbian Djuricic

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Southampton have been linked with a loan swoop for Benfica frontman Filip Djuricic who is currently on loan at Mainz in Germany.

According to the Daily Mail, the Serbian's representatives are looking to cancel his current loan in order to enable him to move to the Premier League. The move would see him link up with international teammate Dusan Tadic at St. Mary's and add an extra dimension to the Southampton forward line.

Versatile option

Djuricic can play anywhere across the forward line, whether as a winger or off the striker which will give Koeman an extra option in his push for European qualification. The 22-year-old will also add an option to the squad with Shane Long set for a spell on the sidelines with broken ribs.

Serbian link

The main selling point for Djuricic, as well as the opportunity to play in the Premier League, is the presence of Tadic. The former Twente winger has the most assists for the Saints this season, and having a compatriot in the squad will no doubt help both players.

As well as on the field, it will also help Djuricic off the field as Tadic will be able to help his countryman settle in to the area as quickly as possible.

Another loan deal

Koeman has also been clever again and is utilising the loan market for the fourth time this season. Having already taken Toby Alderweireld, Ryan Bertrand and Eljero Elia on loan so far, the addition of Djuricic will be the Saints' fourth loanee.

Like Elia, it will also allow Koeman and the Southampton staff to assess Djuricic's ability and attitude before making the decision on whether to attempt to take him permanently.

Potential star 

Following his move to Benfica in 2013 a release clause of £32 million was added to his contract which underlines the potential Djuricic has. If he can make an impact like his fellow loanees have so far this season then he will be well on the way to helping the Saints finish in a Champions League spot.

Any European qualification could also help Koeman raise the funds needed to make Djuricic, as well as the other on-loan stars, more permanent additions to the squad for next season.

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