Southampton target misses friendly match as transfer talk accelerates

Southampton transfer target Dušan Tadić was left out of FC Twente's squad to face VV Oldenzaal on Sunday afternoon, as his move reportedly nears completion.

The Serbian international, 25, was conspicuous by his absence from Michel Jansen's side as they visited VV Oldenzaal as part of their preseason campaign on Sunday afternoon.

Tadić has been heavily linked with a move to Southampton since the appointment of Feyenoord boss Ronald Koeman.

Koeman, now Saints boss, hailed Tadić as the best player in the Eredivisie last season and it appears no secret that the Dutchman is keen to bring the playmaker to St. Mary's as a replacement for Adam Lallana.

FC Twente's club president, Joop Munsterman, revealed late in June that the Serbian would be departing the club this summer, although claimed he was unaware as to his potential destination.

That destination increasingly appears to be Southampton, after the south coast club reportedly agreed a €12million fee with the Eredivisie side last week, with the deal expected to formally completed before Friday.

Tadić has created more chances than any other player in the top-flight of Dutch football since his arrival at De Kuip in 2012, signing from fellow Eredivisie side FC Groningen.

During that time, Tadić has found the back of the net on no less than thirty-two occasions, drawing attention from La Liga side Sevilla and Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04.

However, Sevilla admitted defeat in their pursuit of the player when they admitted they could not match the financial might of Southampton, who have just raked in around £60million in the sales of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw.

It now appears likely that Tadić will sign for the Saints in the coming days, and he is expected to be joined by Feyenoord's Graziano Pellè, a personal favourite of Ronald Koeman.

Pellè, 28, has scored 55 times in 66 appearances for the Dutch giants, who finished 2nd in the Eredivisie last season under the stewardship of Koeman.

It was reported during the week that the Saints were nearing an €8million agreement with Feyenoord for the services of the Italian front-man.

Koeman hosts his first press conference as Southampton manager on Friday, by which time he could well have made his first two signings since his arrival at St. Mary's.

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