Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino has been handed a £30million war chest this summer, with the club’s hierarchy keen to back the Argentine.
Dejan Lovren’s arrival has already been agreed, and now the south coast club are keen to bolster their squad further.
A £7.6million bid has been submitted for Banega, according to reports, with Pochettino hopeful of adding the central man to his ranks.
The Argentinian international is one of the star names Valencia may sacrifice this summer, with their current financial difficulties likely to force sales once again.
The 24-year-old almost joined Everton in 2009, but a deal collapsed due to visa issues.
Southampton may follow up a move for Banega by launching an £8m raid for Gary Hooper.
Pochettino is looking to boost his striking options after becoming concerned by the club’s reliance on Rickie Lambert.
Hooper was reportedly in talks with relegated Reading, but is said to be more interested in a switch to the Premier League.
The St. Mary’s Stadium outfit are keen to take advantage of this, but they may have to fight off interest from Hull and Norwich.
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