Transfer Focus: Southampton looking to land defender Jan Bednarek

Southampton have been linked with a move for Lech Poznan defender Jan Bednarek as they look to bolster their defensive ranks, according to reports from the Southern Daily Echo.

What’s the word?

Despite their managerial situation being in limbo, with Claude Puel expected to be on his way out but no announcement having been made yet, the Saints are looking to press on with their summer business and are keen to sure up their back line.

With that in mind, the south coast side – who reached the EFL Cup final and finished 8th in the Premier League under Puel’s tutelage last season – have launched a bid for Lech Poznan’s highly rated defender Jan Bednarek.

The 21-year-old, who is currently with the Polish U21’s for the European Championships, has been the subject of a €6m offer from St. Mary’s, in what could be a record breaking deal.

Should the move materialise at such a fee, it would make Bednarek the most expensive player in Polish top-flight history.

Any hint on Van Dijk?

Not necessarily. Whilst the powers that be on the south coast will be preparing for the departure of their in-demand skipper, there is a need for more mettle at the back regardless of the Dutchman’s future.

Having sold former captain Jose Fonte to West Ham in January, Puel was left short in the centre-half berth, especially after the long-term injury to Van Dijk.

Furthermore, with the fees swirling around the 25-year-old, you would expect the club to fork out a little more if they are to replace the former Celtic man.