Report: Southampton, West Ham pursue Oscar Hiljemark after prolific start to season

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Palermo's Oscar Hiljemark is a reported target for Southampton and West Ham.

According to Calcio Mercato, both Southampton and West Ham are interested in signing Palermo midfielder Oscar Hiljemark after a strong start to the season.

Hiljemark, 23, struggled for first team football with PSV Eindhoven, and chose to leave the Netherlands this summer in order to join Palermo.

The Swede has played six games for the Serie A side so far this season, and has already scored three goals from midfield in a promising start to his career in Italian football.

Now though, Calcio Mercato report that there is already interest building in his signature ahead of the January transfer window, particularly from Premier League sides Southampton and West Ham.

The Saints brought in Oriol Romeu and Jordy Clasie to improve their midfield options this summer, but with question marks over the long-term future of Victor Wanyama in the Saints engine room, manager Ronald Koeman - who has managed against Hiljemark during his time as Feyenoord boss - may just be considering a contingency plan in case he does lose Wanyama.

West Ham also brought in two midfielders over the summer in Pedro Obiang and Alex Song, so adding another central midfielder would be something of a surprise.

Yet with Song only on loan, it may again only be a case of West Ham looking for other options in case they choose not to sign Song permanently - and given Hiljemark's prolific start to the season, the Swedish international is certainly worth watching for now.

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