French press: Tottenham-linked star Giannelli Imbula prefers move to Southampton

Giannelli Imbula has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur or Southampton.

According to a report in French publication Le Parisien, Marseille star Giannelli Imbula would prefer a move to Southampton over his fellow suitors.

The 22-year-old midfielder is one of the hottest properties on the market this summer, attracting plenty of interest across Europe following a wonderful campaign in the south of France.

As per Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sports Italia, Inter Milan are close to sealing a deal for Imbula, whereas reports in the French publication RMC Sport claims Tottenham Hotspur have seen a £9.2 million bid turned away.

Spurs are intent on adding to their midfield this summer, yet targeting Imbula could be a non-starter if recent reports are to be believed as they indicate the player prefers a move to Southampton.

“Giannelli Imbula prefers a move to Southampton. The deal would consist of an initial €2m loan fee followed by an €18m obligatory buy-out clause at the end of the season” reports from RMC Sport claim.

Would Giannelli Imbula be a good option for Southampton?

With Morgan Schneiderlin all but assured of leaving the club this summer, Southampton will have plenty of cash to play around with and a big void to fill in that midfield.

Imbula was one of France’s top defensive midfielders last season, averaging an impressive 89.8% pass completion rate as he started all but one French top-flight encounter.

At 22, the Saints would be acquiring a player perfectly suited to the Premier League and one with huge potential to go on and become a leading figure for the club.

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