Southampton join Man United and league leaders in race for Nigeria captain

Southampton have now joined Leicester City and Manchester United in the race to sign CSKA Moscow star Ahmed Musa, according to reports from the Mirror.

Musa has been heavily linked with a move away from CSKA in recent weeks, with league leaders Leicester and the Red Devils both keen on the 23-year-old.

The Foxes are pushing hard for his signature, having two bids already rejected by the Russian club.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is adamant in signing Musa this month, and is reportedly preparing a third and final offer to hopefully secure his capture on Monday’s transfer deadline.

However, the King Power owned club will face some more competition from the Saints, who are looking to Musa as a replacement for potentially departing ace Graziano Pelle.

But CSKA will play hard-ball in the hopes of keeping Musa at least till the summer, and will hold out for an offer close to his £22.8m buy-out clause.

The Nigeria captain has made 29 appearances in all competitions, scoring 10 goals.