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Southampton line up move for Ivory Coast international

According to reports in the Daily Mirror, Southampton are lining up a January move for Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie.

Who?

Well, the 19-year-old is one of the most highly-rated young players in Europe right now, and has scored four goals in nine Serie A appearances this season.

The Ivory Coast international, who made his debut for his country at the age of 17, is known to be an athletic, intelligent player who is effective both defensively and in attack.

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What’s the word, then?

Following his explosive start to the campaign, Southampton and a number of other clubs are said to be weighing up a January bid for the midfielder.

The player’s agent has previously said that Arsenal are interested in the 19-year-old, while the youngster is also said to have attracted interest from a number of other top European clubs, including Juventus.

Would he be a good signing for Saints?

Most definitely. Southampton are known to be good at developing young players and Kessie will have been impressed by how his African compatriot Victor Wanyama grew with the club before being sold on to Tottenham last summer.

The 19-year-old would likely play on either the left or the right side of the diamond formation, and with the midfield containing a few lightweight players such as Jordy Clasie, James Ward-Prowse and Steven Davis, Kessie would provide some strength in the middle of the pitch too, as well as a goal threat.

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