Southampton reportedly eye summer move for 24-year-old defender – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Southampton are reportedly looking to sign a left-back in the summer transfer window.
According to reports from Football Insider, the Saints are looking to sign a left-back this summer, and have earmarked Souleyman Doumbia as a potential option.
The report claims that Doumbia is seen as a potential replacement for Ryan Bertrand whose contract is set to expire in the summer.
Southampton are monitoring his situation ahead of the summer window.
The Saints could face competition from French outfits Lyon and Nice for the Ivory Coast international.
Doumbia joined Angers on loan in January, and later it was converted to a permanent deal.
The 24-year-old has a contract at the club till 2023 and has been capped three times by the Ivory Coast national team.
He has established himself as the club’s first-choice left-back this season and has made 27 appearances in all competition.
SL View – Bertrand’s career
Bertrand, who joined Southampton in 2014-15, has made over 230 appearances in all competitions. This season he has made 29 appearances in the Premier League and has registered one assist.
He was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in January, and there won’t be a shortage of clubs to sign him as a free agent.