Southampton join Arsenal in race for £16m Colombian attacker

Southampton have stepped up attempts to land £16m Arsenal target Juan Quintero ahead of the New Year sales, according to reports in the Daily Star.

The Colombian forward is on loan at Ligue 1 outfit Rennes from FC Porto, and Saints chief Ronald Koeman has reportedly sent scouts to run the rule over him.

A regular international, he has 13 caps to his name and appeared at last summer’s 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where the Colombians impressed despite their quarter-final exit.

Arsenal were said to have launched an £8.5m bid for him, though the Portuguese giants are rumoured to want almost double that for their talented 22-year old.

Though the South Coast outfit are performing well in the league, climbing up to seventh after their 2-0 over Bournemouth on Sunday, Koeman is thought to want to improve his attack.

Both Jay Rodriguez and Shane Long are recovering from injuries, leaving only Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane as natural forwards.