According to French newspaper L’Equipe, via Get French Football News, Southampton are ready to go head-to-head with La Liga giants Valencia in the race to sign 21-year-old Lyon centre-back Mouctar Diakhaby this summer, and Saints fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.
L’Equipe, via GFFN, says that the French club have decided to sell the defensive enforcer, who stands at huge 1.92m tall according to Wikipedia, this summer after he was only a bit-part player for them this season – he made 21 appearances in all competitions.
The south coast club certainly need some defensive reinforcements after conceding 58 goals in their 38 Premier League matches last term as they narrowly avoided the drop, and bringing in a player who has been linked with Manchester City and Chelsea previously could be an inspired decision.
Southampton supporters, who will see unpopular vice-chairman Les Reed go from zero to hero by making these three signings, took to social media to give their thoughts on the link, and while one said “his playing style is similar to Wanyama”, another said “he’s at the same level as Jack Stephens atm”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— Todd Richards (@ToddRichardsSFC) May 22, 2018
Not for me … Recent French players & Managers don’t work !! CB has to be British for me , strong , passionate with a die hard mentality
— Trevor Webb (@WebbTowers) May 21, 2018
His playing style is similar to Wanyama. He looks like he’s got plenty of time, does the simple things well and can defend. One to progress before the big boys come calling.
— Richard Harrison (@richsaint07) May 21, 2018
Forget about him and buy Mawson Christ
— Connor Finn (@ConnorJakeFinn) May 21, 2018
Only started 14 games last season. Lyon’s win % dipped when he played. Subjective, but interesting. pic.twitter.com/GU76Wqhtcn
— SAINT on the SETTEE (@SteveGeorgeSOTS) May 21, 2018
French leagues have not proved a successful training ground
— Robert MacIver (@SkiverMacIver) May 21, 2018
Why are they keen to sell ?
— andy McManus (@a92243730) May 21, 2018
@RonanGalloway good player, wouldn’t mind seeing him for a season before Liverpool go for him 😂
— Adam Baker (@adzbaker6) May 21, 2018
Like the guy, good character and got good potential to be a half decent CB, but would say he's at the same level as Jack Stephens atm, so not sure he would be improving the squad, in a crucial summer where we need ready made players who will be regular starters.
— Jayden Frankling (@J_Frankling) May 21, 2018