Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is keen to beat Manchester United to the signature of Bruno Martins Indi as he plots to keep his side’s Champions League push on track, according to reports from The Sun.
The Saints currently trail only Chelsea at the top of the table, with their new Dutch manager having made a fantastic start to life at St Mary’s Stadium despite the sales of key players such as Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren.
Even though they boast the meanest defence in the Premier League – five goals conceded in 11 games – Koeman wants to bolster his backline in January, with Porto’s Martins Indi his major target.
The Dutch enforcer only joined the Portuguese giants over the summer on the back of his World Cup exploits, but reports suggest that the Saints boss remains confident of luring him to England.
Koeman coached the defender at Feyenoord, and is hopeful that a top four challenge and their own relationship may put him ahead of United, who have a long-standing interested in the 22-year-old.
Martins Indi is a tough-tackling centre-back, who has been lauded for his reading of the game, pace and power in recent seasons.