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Southampton close in on Manchester City duo

Southampton are set to raid Manchester City once again for the signings of Samuel Edozie and Juan Larios, with the teenage pair both seemingly set to be confirmed later today.

What’s the word?

That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who revealed on Twitter: “Sam Edozie and Juan Larios are going to join Southampton, confirmed as revealed yesterday — now medical ongoing for both.

“Man City confirm they will have a buy back clause on both players.”

It looks set to be a hectic end to what has been a busy window for Ralph Hasenhuttl and co, with the south coast side having already made six new additions thus far.

Lavia masterstroke

The St Mary’s outfit have enjoyed a positive start to the new campaign after picking up a respectable tally of seven points from their opening five games, notably beating Chelsea last time out after coming from behind against Thomas Tuchel’s side.

One of the goalscorers in that shock triumph was 18-year-old Romelo Lavia, with the young midfielder firing home superbly to draw his side level, with that strike marking what has been a fine start to life in his new surroundings for the summr arrival.

The Belgian’s capture earlier this summer had raised eyebrows due to the reported fee of around £14m paid for a player who had made just two senior appearances at the time, although that price tag is already looking like a possible bargain and yet another astute capture for the club.

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Like the two potential new arrivals, Lavia was also plucked from the Etihad – as too was goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu – with Pep Guardiola’s side seemingly overflowing with exciting young talents that are simply in need of a more prominent role elsewhere.

That is the case for 19-year-old, Edozie – who has been lauded as an “incredible young player” by the City boss – with the winger set to depart his current side with just a year remaining on his existing deal and a wealth of attacking talent ahead of him in the pecking order.

While the Englishman has made a solitary first-team outing thus far, teammate Larios – who operates at left-back – is yet to feature for the Premier League champions to date, with it something of a gamble to add such a raw talent to Hasenhuttl’s ranks.

As the case of Lavia shows, however – as well as both Bazunu and former Chelsea gem Tino Livramento – a lack of experience isn’t always an issue, with it a hugely exciting prospect to see such impressive young talents given the platform to shine.

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