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SportSouthampton attempted to hijack Villa deal for El Ghazi

01:35  13 june  2019
01:35  13 june  2019 Source:   readsport.co

Southampton looking at Nantes captain Valentin Rongier

Southampton looking at Nantes captain Valentin Rongier Southampton are said to be interested in signing Nantes midfielder Valentin Rongier this summer, according to reports in France. A story from Le Foot, relayed by Sport Witness today, suggests the Saints are considering a move for the 24-year-old, who would cost around €15 million. Rongier, who is captain of the Ligue 1 club, has been at Nantes his entire career so far and has made 132 appearances for ‘Les Canaris’, scoring 10 goals. He is versatile and can play in defensive, central or attacking midfield.

Aston Villa have signed Anwar El Ghazi on a permanent basis from Lille after his successful loan spell. El Ghazi scored six goals in 34 Championship games last season, and Smith told Villa 's website: "It's now my job and the job of the coaching staff and Anwar himself to fulfil the potential that

El Ghazi is Aston Villa 's second signing of the summer so far, following the arrival of Jota from Birmingham City. Aston Villa will find out their schedule for the new campaign when the fixtures for the 2019/20 PL season are released on Thursday 13 June at 09:00 BST. See: Summer 2019 transfer news.

Southampton attempted to hijack Villa deal for El Ghazi © Matthew Lewis/Getty Images Sport Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Sky Bet Championship

Southampton made an attempt to hijack Aston Villa’s deal to sign Anwar El Ghazi this month.

According to Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles, Southampton tried to swoop in with an offer for El Ghazi before Villa signed him permanently.

Southampton attempted to hijack Villa deal for El Ghazi © Matthew Lewis/Getty Images Sport Matthew Lewis/Getty Images Sport

El Ghazi spent last season on loan to Villa in the Championship from Ligue 1 side Lille, where he found the back of the net six times and set up a further six – including a goal in the play-off final against Derby County at Wembley.

Castles claims that Southampton and Everton both made bids for El Ghazi, before Villa decided to take up the option in their loan deal to sign him permanently for €8m earlier this week.

Southampton are yet to make their first signing of the 2019/20 campaign, but have been heavily linked with a move for Standard Liege winger Moussa Djenepo – who plays in a similar position to El Ghazi.

Southampton hijack Celtic's David Turnbull bid.
David Turnbull’s prospective move to Celtic could be falling through in the 11th hour, with Premier League club Southampton reportedly launching an ambush while negotiations stall over agent fees. Motherwell had accepted a £3million bid from the Scottish champions and all that was left to agree was terms with Turnbull’s agent, but he now looks to be set on moving to the south coast. According to Football Insider, Celtic were planning to announce the signing of the 19-year-old midfielder but now face virtually unbeatable competition – financially speaking – in Southampton.

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