Southampton set to raid Benfica for Ola John in the summer

John is wanted by Southampton (©GettyImages)

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has identified Benfica winger Ola John as a summer transfer target, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Dutch boss has sent scouts to watch his countryman in recent matches with a view to making a move ahead of next season. Any move for John is likely to cost the Saints around £6 million, but if they qualify for Europe it would be money well spent in improving the quality in his squad.

Speed merchant

John is renowned for his pace and would be a superb addition to the Saints squad if Koeman chooses to pursue him. Having been in good form for Benfica this season, scoring three and creating five in 25 games, he has caught the attention of the Southampton boss.

With Sadio Mane and Eljero Elia his current selections in the wide areas, depth is somewhat lacking and John would provide a more than capable replacement if either were unavailable.

European experience

The Saints are aiming to qualify for Europe and any venture into another competition would require Koeman to increase the number of players available. Adding John to his squad would be a sensible risk given he has experience of playing in the Champions League this season.

That is sure to provide Koeman will another positive reason to add the 22-year-old to his ranks ahead of next season.

Eredivisie talent

Having graduated through the FC Twente academy as a youngster, Koeman will have knowledge of the winger from his time as manager at Feyenoord.

Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic were signings last summer and with links to Tonny Vilhena, Jordy Clasie, Terence Kongolo and Sven van Beek it seems Koeman is going to again exploit a market he is well aware of whilst hoping to take the Premier League by storm.

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