Southampton tried to loan Colin Dagba in January window

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According to L’Equipe, (via Daily Echo) Southampton attempted to sign Paris Saint-Germain youngster Colin Dagba on loan during the January transfer window.

What’s the story, then?

Dagba was a late substitute in PSG’s 2-0 win over Manchester United in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash on Tuesday night.

It was the 20-year-old’s seventh PSG appearance of the season, although just four of those have come in Ligue 1.

Southampton made a loan approach during the January window but it was not a surprise to see the French champions keep hold of the youngster, considering that he is now seemingly back in favour.

Indeed, Dagba was not involved in a single Ligue 1 squad between September 29 and February 3, but is back in favour having appeared against Bordeaux in the league before the clash with United at Old Trafford.

Could Southampton return this summer?

Much will depend on just how much football Dagba receives at PSG in the final months of the 2018-2019 campaign.

The right-back turned out for Boulogne between 2013 and 2016 before moving to PSG, where he was a regular with their B team ahead of his debut for the senior side earlier this season.

Dagba played the full 90 minutes in both of PSG’s first two league matches earlier this season, but has found it difficult for minutes since.

There is absolutely no question that he is a talent, though, and it is not too difficult to understand why Southampton were said to be interested.

It will be tough to sign him this summer if he is back in favour, but a potential loan move for next season is not beyond the realms of possibility.