Southampton aiming to sign Austrian international in January - report

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Reports in Turkey suggest that Southampton are looking to sign Besiktas midfielder Veli Kavlak.

Southampton's 2-0 win over Leicester City leaves them with 25 points from the first 11 games of the season, as new manager Ronald Koeman has engineered a stunning start to the campaign.

Summer additions such as Fraser Forster, Toby Alderweireld, Sadio Mane, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle have impressed so far this season, making the mass summer exit from St. Mary's Stadium a forgotten memory.

With eight wins from 11 games, Southampton are second in the table, just four points behind Chelsea - and now Saints fans are beginning to dream about where their side could finish in the table.

A title challenge seems unlikely, but given how Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have had their struggles this season, a top four finish isn't totally out of the question.

January additions are likely to be key to a Champions League qualifying place, and reports in Turkey suggest that manager Ronald Koeman is looking to add another body to his midfield in Veli Kavlak.

Kavlak, 26, signed for Besiktas back in 2011 having impressed in his native Austria with Rapid Wien, and has gone on to make 124 appearances for the Turkish giants, scoring seven goals.

Yet with his contract set to expire next summer, Kavlak is in the shop window in January, but says he won't be thinking about a transfer just yet.

"I am not thinking about a transfer right now," Kavlak said. "All I am focused on right now is doing well with my team this season, I will talk with the club about my future."

With Morgan Schneiderlin a target for Arsenal and Tottenham, Southampton need some depth in central midfield just in case they do lose another of their stars, and Kavlak could be a bargain for them.

Southampton have already shown faith in signing a player who has impressed in Austria in Mane, and Kavlak would offer superb passing and energy to a midfield already containing Jack Cork, James Ward-Prowse and Victor Wanyama.

A cut-price deal in January could be on the cards, or a pre-contract agreement for him to join in the summer - either way, Southampton are becoming a hugely attractive proposition for players under Koeman.

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