Agent of Southampton and Swansea City transfer target Gregoire Defrel explains difficulties behind move

The Cesena is still co-owned by cash-strapped crisis club Parma.

Cesena attacker Gregoire Defrel is certainly looking like a player many a Premier League manager would like to get their hands on.

In February Southampton were linked with his signature by the Daily Mail, suggesting The Saints were leading the chase for the talent.

But they also reported Swansea and Everton as keen. The Swansea story was also reported by the South Wales Evening Post. There was no doubt that Defrel had caught the eye.

Now his agent has revealed what is making any transfer so problematic at this point in time. Tutto Mercato Web report his agent as stating it is a co-ownership with Italian crisis club Parma that has caused difficulty:

"First of all we must wait to resolve the situation with Parma: the player is jointly owned between Parma and Cesena and until you resolve the lot relative to Parma, the co-ownership can not be solved.

"Next week should be decisive, there are several clubs and the player will make his evaluations."

Southampton and Swansea have both had good seasons in the Premier League and will be looking to build upon that next term.

Defrel has scored nine goals this season including strikes against Italian giants such as Inter Milan, Napoli and Lazio, and it certainly sounds like he is all set to leave Cesena this summer.

Once the issues are ironed out with Parma you can expect to see the likes of Swansea and Southampton checking him out, with other suitors likely to be just behind.

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