Report: Southampton line up Idrissa Gueye as replacement for Morgan Schneiderlin

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Idrissa Gueye is in advanced talks with Southampton say French press.

Speculation continues to surround the future of Morgan Schneiderlin at Southampton, the Premier League club are reportedly already targeting a player that could be his replacement.

France Football claimed on Thursday that the Saints were in advanced talks with Ligue 1 side Lille for the signing of Senagalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

The quotes fee is €10 million, which would represent good business for both Lille and Southampton. Even if Schneiderlin was to stay, there are enough differences in the two players styles, although they play the same position, that they could work together.

This campaign he has shown more desire to get into the box, scoring three goals in the process, but it’s his high-energy and defensive ability that is his best asset. This week, apparently Lille president Michel Seydoux quipped that it would a bid of €15 million for anyone to sign Gueye.

Financial problems will see Lille lose a few players against this summer and Gueye is set to be one of the first out the door.

Selling Gueye this early would help new boss Hervé Renard plan his summer, knowing the budget he had to work with.

One of his first targets is FC Lorient's Jordan Ayew, who Renard managed at Sochaux last season. However, the move is unlikely after FCL spent €5 million only 12 months ago to take him to the Moustoir.

Gueye is 25 years old and a proven international with European experience. The midfielder is one of the most experienced players in the Lille team, with over 130 games in France’s top division over five seasons.

Nothing is complete yet, but it is an indication that Southampton are set to make some excellent moves in the transfer window again this summer.

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