Report: Southampton fail in bid to replace Alderweireld with Nicolas Lombaerts

Southampton's £5m bid to sign Nicolas Lombaerts has reportedly failed.

According to a report from The Sun, Southampton have failed in a move to sign Zenit St. Petersburg defender Nicolas Lombaerts.

The Saints signed Steven Caulker on loan from Queens Park Rangers last week, but having lost Toby Alderweireld to Tottenham earlier this summer, manager Ronald Koeman may want another centre back - especially with Florin Gardos suffering a serious knee injury last week.

Now, The Sun report that the Saints have made a move to replace Alderweireld with his Belgian international team-mate Nicolas Lombaerts, who saw a move to Sunderland collapse earlier this summer, as per The Guardian, where the player vehemently denied that he failed a medical.

Whilst Southampton may have been looking to swoop in, The Sun report that their £5m bid for the 30-year-old centre back has failed, though it isn't clear whether that's down to the club or the player.

With one experienced centre back already in place at St. Mary's Stadium in Jose Fonte, fans may prefer to see a younger centre back alongside the Portuguese defender.

Having seen Dejan Lovren and then Alderweireld thrive alongside Fonte, many expected Koeman to bring in another younger centre back - Celtic's Virgil van Dijk has been a favourite amongst supporters - but with Caulker snapped up, Koeman may instead look for more experience, even if it isn't Lombaerts.

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