Report: Southampton eager to beat QPR to signing of Nigerian speedster

According to reports, Southampton want to sign AIK forward Kennedy Igboananike.

With eight wins from the first 11 games of the Premier League season, Southampton have made a stunning start to life under new manager Ronald Koeman.

The Saints are just four points behind leaders Chelsea, and have conceded just five goals so far this term - by far the best defensive record in the division.

With Arsenal and Liverpool failing to hit top form so far this season, Southampton have a real chance of breaking into the top four, and in order to do so, they have to continue to add players in January.

Koeman's signings of Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand, Toby Alderweireld, Disam Tadic, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle have so far been successful, and the Dutchman will no doubt backed in the transfer market again in the New Year as a result.

And according to the Daily Mirror, Southampton are set to rekindle their interest in AIK forward Kennedy Igboananike, who was a target for previous boss Mauricio Pochettino in 2013.

The 25-year-old Nigerian is now a Swedish citizen, making a move to another club much easier, and with his contract having a £600,000 release clause, the Saints are trying to beat QPR to Igboananike's signature.

With blistering pace, Igboananike is a danger as a striker and as a winger, and will no doubt draw comparisons to Saints star Sadio Mane.

Mane was prolific in Austria, in a level of competition similar to that in Sweden. He has pace and is versatile - and that's what attracted Southampton to him.

Adding another player in the similar mould for a bargain price would give Southampton even more options in attack. However, he will naturally earn comparisons to Emmanuel Mayuka too.

Southampton snapped up the Zimbabwean striker from Swiss side Young Boys in 2012, but was totally ineffectual despite his world class speed and exploits in Switzerland.

If the Saints do sign Igboananike, fans have to hope that he resembles Mane more than Mayuka - but the £600,000 fee makes the gamble worth it.

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