Five facts about Southampton target McDonald Mariga

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Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga appears to be a target for Southampton, but who exactly is he?

Southampton's lofty position in the Premier League table seemingly won't stop manager Mauricio Pochettino seeking reinforcements ahead of the January window, and has targeted Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga, according to the Daily Mirror.

The midfield powerhouse, 26, is likely to be available, with Inter signing other midfielders Mateo Kovacic and Saphir Taider in recent times. Whilst some readers may recognise his name, who is McDonald Mariga? Here are five facts about the rumoured Saints target.

  1. Mariga started his career in his native Kenya, but moved to Sweden aged 18 with Enkopings and eventually Helsingborgs, and impressed enough to earn a move to Parma in 2007.

  2. His displays at the Stadio Ennio Tardini attracted the interest of Jose Mourinho, who brought him to Inter Milan on deadline day in 2010 for €5m plus Jonathan Biabiany in a co-ownership deal and Luis Jimenez on loan.

  3. The move to Inter ended Manchester City's hopes of securing his signature, where he would've been the first Kenyan to play in the Premier League.

  4. Mariga did however became the first Kenyan to ever play in the Champions League, as he took to the field as a substitute for Inter Milan in their clash with Chelsea in 2010.

Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama is actually Mariga's younger brother, and a move to St. Mary's would pair the two together. Should any rival clubs also pursue Mariga, having Wanyama there could be a huge benefit for Pochettino.

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