Star who 'would jump at the chance' to play for Liverpool linked with Southampton

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Southampton are the latest English team linked with Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi.

After an excellent season in 2013-14 Southampton now find themselves in the unfortunate position of having to rebuild after the departures of several big names.

Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw have all left the club - while their manager Mauricio Pochettino has also departed for Tottenham Hotspur.

With the futures of Dejan Lovren and Morgan Schneiderlin also up in the air it is fair to say some Saints fans remain a little sombre this summer.

But the club are looking to rebuild. The signatures of Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle show that while interest in Argentine star Marco Rojo is growing by the day, according to reports.

Yesterday they found themselves linked with a move for Nigerian international Ogenyi Onazi. The Super Eagles star is currently at Lazio but has been heavily linked with Premier League teams for a while now. Gazzetta dello Sport report that Ronald Koeman would like to bring him in to the club - to add some steel to the Saints midfield.

Which might even mean getting one over on Liverpool.

The Reds and The Saints have gone at it in recent months, and years, in the transfer market. Southampton blew Liverpool away in the hunt for Gaston Ramirez and Vegard Forren - while Liverpool did the same with Philippe Coutinho.

This summer Lambert and Lallana have been pried away to Anfield - and Dejan Lovren wants to join them. Onazi once said something similar about Liverpool - stating in May:

"Liverpool? They are a huge team and are attractive to any footballer. I could see myself playing for them. I would jump at the chance."

Liverpool have since moved on to other targets - bringing in Emre Can for instance would signify they have no need for Onazi. But if The Saints could get him and turn him into a success it would give them a little victory over a team that has certainly caused them some problems off the pitch in recent times.

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