Devante Cole claims he regrets not signing for Southampton

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Southampton were reportedly interested in Devante Cole while he was a youngster at Manchester City.

Former Manchester City striker Devante Cole has told the Daily Mail that he wishes he had signed for Southampton as a youngster. 

Cole claims that the Saints tried to sign him earlier in his career, but he decided to stay with Manchester City.

And, having spent time developing in City's development squads, he now regrets that choice - as he felt that the Citizens were not prepared to give their young prospects a chance in the first-team.

"I had the chance to join Southampton at 16 and in hindsight I regret it because their youngsters, like James Ward-Prowse and Luke Shaw, are given an opportunity," he said. 

Cole left City last summer, after deciding that he had reached an age where he wanted to be playing regular first-team football.

Cole had spent time out on loan from City, but he felt that a permanent move away from the Etihad was his best option, and he allowed his contract to expire. 

The 20-year-old forward then opted to move to Bradford City, and he has made a promising start at the League One outfit.

Cole has netted five times in 11 appearances for the Bantams, and his pace and power has led to him becoming an important player for Phil Parkinson's team. 

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