Southampton boss eyes summer Spanish raid

Victor Ruiz

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is looking to raid La Liga this summer to bring to some talented players to St Mary’s.

The former Espanol boss is familiar with a number of players in the Spanish Premier League and is hoping to take advantage of the current economic problems showering La Liga clubs.

Valencia central defender Victor Ruiz is Pochettino’s number one target and is hoping to tie up a deal for the Spanish under-21 international in the coming weeks with Valencia one of the hardest hit by financial trouble.

Ruiz was given his debut in La Liga by the current Saints boss when he was with Espanol and is set to make contact with the player this week.

Pochettino is hoping to raid Spain this summer to keep the Saints transfer spending down but improve the quality of the side who are not out of the relegation fight yet.

“We are all aware Spain are going through difficult economic times and that makes their league very interesting for English clubs to go and sign their players,” Pochettino told The Sun.

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