Three reasons Southampton should forget Amadou and sign teammate Soumaoro

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Southampton are one of a number Premier League clubs interested in signing £16m-rated Lille defender Ibrahim Amadou during the January transfer window.

The Daily Mail says that Saints have shown an interest in the 24-year-old recently, with Crystal Palace keen on a deal and Stoke City, Newcastle United and Watford all also credited with an interest in the versatile Frenchman, who can play as a centre-back or defensive midfielder.

The south coast outfit certainly have money to strengthen their squad this month following the £75m sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, and it looks to be something that they need to do as they currently only lie outside the English top flight relegation zone on goal difference following a poor campaign.

Manager Mauricio Pellegrino may well be looking for a replacement for van Dijk, and while the Daily Mail says there is interest in Amadou, they may be better off looking at his Lille teammate Adama Soumaoro instead.

The 25-year-old has been an impressive performer in the Ligue 1 outfit’s backline in recent seasons, and he could prove to be a shrewd addition to a leaky Saints backline.

Here are three reasons Southampton forget about Amadou and sign teammate Soumaoro instead…