Southampton eyeing £5m Boilesen

Southampton are reportedly lining up an ambitious £5 million move for Ajax starlet Nicolai Boilesen, Mirror Football can reveal.

The St Mary’s side are looking to reinforce their squad after winning promotion to the Premier League, and are locked in negotiations with Bologna over a potential club record deal for Uruguayan star Gaston Ramirez.

However, Nigel Adkins is eager to bring in extra defensive cover to cope with the increase in attacking quality of top-flight sides, and has identified the young Danish stopper as a target.

The 20-year-old has broken into the Dutch champions’ first team and has been tracked by Newcastle and Arsenal in the past, with Inter also keeping tabs on the prodigious talent.

Boilesen has already made a handful of appearances for his country and as such the Saints are keen to bring him to England.

It is unknown whether Ajax are willing to sell the Scandinavian after already losing Jan Vertonghen and Vurnon Anita to Premier League sides this summer.

By Gareth McKnight