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Southampton: Alex Crook claims club could move for Orsic

Southampton could make a move for Dinamo Zagreb star Mislav Orsic, Alex Crook has claimed.

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The Saints are currently bottom of the Premier League and are in need of attacking reinforcements, and the Croatian winger could be available for around £8m.

Orsic stood out at the World Cup, scoring the winner in Croatia’s final game as they finished third, and has previously impressed in Europe against Spurs and Chelsea.

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Speaking to TalkSPORT, Crook claimed that Southampton were keen on the 30-year-old as they aim to inject goals into their side.

“They’re certainly trying to bring players in, in this window. I’ve spoken to sources this morning, they’ve said they’ve got a lot of plates spinning there but hopefully some positive news soon,” he stated.

“One of those plates is Mislav Orsic, who came on for Croatia at the World Cup.

“I think it’s interesting looking at the policy over the summer of bringing in young players, and Orsic is certainly not a youngster.

“The fee would be around £8m as I understand it, so not exactly expensive but not cheap either.

“I think you might see that they’re going to try and sign a bit more experience in this window.”

Since Crook’s comments, it has recently emerged that Southampton had agreed a deal to sign the Croatian on an initial £6m deal.

Extra threat

Southampton have really struggled for goals, with just 15 in 17 games, but Orsic can help change this as he would bring an extra dimension in the final third.

The attacker has scored 91 goals and provided 40 assists in 214 games for Dinamo Zagreb, and given that he has previously performed in the Champions League against English sides, he could adapt quickly to life in the Premier League.

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