Southampton have been told to stump up at least £8million if they want to bring Livorno’s Paulinho to St. Mary’s this summer, according to talkSPORT.

The Brazilian forward netted 15 goals in Serie A last season, but couldn’t prevent Livorna from being relegated.

But despite their relegation, Amaranto are demanding at least £8m for their star striker’s services, with Southampton believed to be leading the race for his signature.

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But fellow Italian side Torino have also expressed their interest, with the striker thought to be eyeing a move back to Italy’s top-flight.

And Livorno president, Aldo Spinelli, has admitted there is interest in the 28-year-old, but a deal is far from being agreed.

He said: “On the Paulinho front everything is still, nothing moves.

“If Torino want Paulinho, then they have to pay £8m upfront, we do not need players in exchange.”