Southampton are believed to be interested in signing Lille defender Kevin Malcuit before the transfer window closes next week – as covered by Tuttomercatoweb.
Indeed, it is understood that the Saints have already approached Lille over a move for the full-back, although Napoli are also said to be in the hunt.
Malcuit joined Lille from Saint-Etienne in 2017, and made 23 Ligue 1 appearances for his current club during the 2017-18 campaign.
The 5ft 11in defender – also linked with West Ham United – actually started his career at Monaco, and made 46 appearances for Saint-Etienne ahead of his move to Lille.
The deal does seem a bit strange when considering that Southampton already have Cedric Soares in the right-back position, but competition is never a bad thing.
The Saints supporters have been offering their views on the transfer speculation, and it would be fair to say that they are split over the potential deal.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Southampton apparently closing in on Malcuit, quite the steal @jbxnufc
— Paul (@DoIberg) August 3, 2018
This guy doesnt fit the profile of someone #saintsfc would sign. It would be a strange one if we signed him
— Issey Prada (@isseyprada) August 3, 2018
Seems strange as he’s old and we have a surplus in the position
— Kieran (@kmc8247) August 3, 2018
Guessing he’ll be cover or maybe even competition for Cedric?
— Lewis (@LewKegg) August 2, 2018
Needs to sort his barnet out before we sign him!!!!
— Br0wn1e5 (@Br0wn1e5) August 3, 2018
Come on saints get it done
— john sawyer (@johnsawyer3) August 3, 2018