Southampton told to pay £8m for England Under-21 star after failed summer bid

Southampton are reportedly interested in Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond.

With Southampton sitting second in the Premier League, Ronald Koeman is earning plaudits left, right and centre for the miraculous job he's done on the South Coast.

Having lost many of his key players over the summer, Koeman has retooled the Saints squad, and with eight wins from the first 11 games, it's been a start beyond their wildest dreams.

With Arsenal and Liverpool struggling to hit top form this season, there's a belief that Southampton could even sneak a Champions League spot, or at the very least a Europa League place.

In order to do that, Koeman may need to add more new faces in January. His signings so far have been successes, as Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand, Toby Alderweireld, Dusan Tadic, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle have all impressed.

Yet the squad still needs more depth, particularly if they have ambitions of a top four finish. There will be ups and down this season, and having the ability to keep his first team fresh is something Koeman will need.

It's therefore no surprise that the Dutchman is being linked with January reinforcements, and the latest rumour regards a player he pursued in the summer.

Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond joined the Canaries from Birmingham City in 2013, and whilst Norwich were relegated last season, he impressed on the flanks with his pace and dribbling ability.

Upon Norwich's relegation, Stoke City and Southampton wanted to hand Redmond - an England Under-21 regular - an instant return to the top flight, but saw £5m bids rejected.

Now, Southampton are allegedly interested in making another bid for his services in January, but Norwich are holding out for their valuation of £8m.

Southampton are reportedly willing to increase their £5m bid from the summer, but it remains to be seen whether they will go to £8m.

Tadic and Mane have impressed on the wings so far for Southampton, but having used striker Shane Long out wide, it's clear that they still need to add another wide man - particularly if Jay Rodriguez leaves the club in January.

Redmond is a promising player, and is still only 21. If the Saints can mould him like they have with a number of other young players, then £8m may end up being money well spent.

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