Duje Caleta-Car should seal his long-awaited switch to the Premier League by joining Southampton instead of West Ham United, according to Get French Football News’ Adam White.
Despite the setback, Caleta-Car remains on the Hammers’ radar, along with Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma, as boss David Moyes looks to add further reinforcements to his side before the transfer window slams shut.
However, West Ham face competition for Caleta-Car’s services as Premier League rivals Southampton are also keeping tabs on the 24-year-old.
Saints’ interest comes after Denmark international Jannik Vestergaard, who had entered the final 12 months of his contract at St Mary’s, sealed a £15million move to Leicester City last week.
Caleta-Car is yet to make an appearance for Ligue 1 outfit Marseille this season and French football expert White believes he would be a better fit for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton squad than West Ham if he did decide to move to the Premier League.
He told Football FanCast: “At Southampton, he could be in a position to do more of the type of defending he is good at [than at West Ham], which is using his physicality, reading of play and his ability in the air.
“He’s probably a slightly better fit at Southampton and I can see that happening.”