Southampton looking to add Argentina international to new look squad

Ronald Koeman is closing in on a deal to sign Sporting Lisbon left-back Marcos Rojo for £12m, as he looks to replace Luke Shaw.

The Dutchman has already signed Graziano Pellè and Dušan Tadić since his arrival at St. Mary's, and he is now looking to press ahead with a rebuilding project at the south coast club, following an exodus of high-profile players.

It is understood that the former Barcelona player now sees Marcos Rojo as Luke Shaw's ideal replacement.

According to The Telegraph, twenty-four year old Rojo is keen on a move to the Premier League, with Southampton able and willing to meet the £12m asking price placed on the player by Sporting Lisbon.

Rojo appeared for Argentina in the 2014 World Cup Final, ending up on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline in the final against Germany.

During his time at the World Cup, the defender made six appearances, only missing Argentina's quarter-final with Switzerland as the South American side made their way to the final.

In these appearances, Rojo scored once, whilst also notching two assists.

A stocky figure with a reputation for being solid defensively, he is also known to maraud forward, much in the style of previous Ronald Koeman sides.

As an added bonus, the former Estudiantes defender can also cover at centre-back.

The Saints now hope they can tie up a deal for the full-back ahead of the new campaign, with the days ticking away before Ronald Koeman's first competitive game as Saints boss, at Anfield on August the 17th.

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