After being frustrated in their attempts to sign one French-based player (Ibrahim Sangare - who eventually joined PSV Eindhoven), Saints are set to be more successful this time around, with the imminent capture of 21-year old Stade Brest midfielder, Ibrahima Diallo.
The France-U21 international is set to fly into Southampton this weekend, ahead of completing the formalities on a long-term deal.
News broke around lunchtime on Friday that an agreement had been made between the two sides and, speaking ahead of the West Bromwich Albion game, Saints manager, Ralph Hasenhüttl, was keeping his fingers crossed that everything would go smoothly.
Hasenhüttl said "First we must wait until everything is finished. I have seen so many things in this transfer window and then finally the deal didn't happen. Let us wait until he is here and we can speak about how important it is."
The Austrian continued "We know that we have to bring players in. We know that we lost a few players and we have have to do something so lets hope that this deal will happen."
If Saints can wrap things up it should mean much-needed competition in the centre of the park, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Mario Lemina and Harrison Reed all recently leaving St. Mary's.
For Saints fans wanting to find out a little more about what Diallo can bring to the South Coast, there is a great podcast on him via Get French Football News.
You can find the podcast here: Ibrahima Diallo Podcast
TSP - Did you know?
Ibrahima Diallo came through the youth ranks at Monaco, but never made a first-team appearance (before joining Brest on loan in 2018).
It's thought that The Monégasques were keen to re-sign him this time around, but Diallo is keen to test himself in England's Premier League - swapping Brest for Southampton (aka 'the best'!)
Article by Ben Stanfield
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