Southampton target opens contract talks with current club, but Saints still have hope

Besiktas midfielder Veli Kavlak has reportedly opened talks over a new contract, despite interest from Southampton.

Southampton's start to the season has seen them pick up eight wins from the first 11 games, and whilst new signings Toby Alderweireld, Ryan Bertrand, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle have already impressed, manager Ronald Koeman must still look to add more new faces in January.

With questions over the future of Morgan Schneiderlin, adding another central midfielder makes sense for Koeman, and he's already being linked with a possible new face.

Besiktas' Austrian international Veli Kavlak was linked with a move to the South Coast earlier this week, though Swansea and Schalke are also believed to be monitoring his situation.

The 26-year-old played almost 200 times for Rapid Vienna before joining Besiktas in 2011, and he's now played 124 games for the Turkish giants, scoring seven goals.

Highly rated in Turkey and his native Austria, Kavlak's contract is set to expire next summer, and teams are sensing a bargain in January, either in a cut-price deal or on a pre-contract agreement.

However, reports in Turkey suggest that Besiktas are in talks over a new contract with Kavlak - and whilst that may seem like Southampton are out of the running, they still have hope.

Kavlak's current contract is reportedly worth around £9,000-per-week - a remarkably low figure for a full international. The report also suggests that Kavlak is instead looking for a deal in the region of £22,000-per-week, which Besiktas are mulling over.

£22,000-per-week is a wage that Southampton could not only accommodate, but also improve upon if they get chance to speak to Kavlak.

If they can outbid Besiktas for his services, they could still land the midfielder with excellent passing, energy and versatility to play a number of different roles in midfield.

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