Report: Southampton in the running to land Croatia international

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Ivan Strinic has been linked with a move to the south coast club after struggling to feature for Napoli in Serie A.

Southampton have reportedly entered the race to land highly-rated Croatian full-back Ivan Strinic.

CalcioMercato.com claims that the Saints are one of several clubs interested in the 28-year-old, who is currently on the books at Napoli in Italy.

Previously with Dnipro Dnipropretrovsk in Ukraine, Strinic has also earned 33 caps for Croatia at international level and was a mainstay of the team that qualified for the 2014 World Cup.

Injury ruled him out of the finals themselves but the left-back remains a firm fixture in the national team set-up.

Despite this, he has struggled for game time since joining Napoli in January 2014.

To date, Strinic has made just nine appearances in Serie A, though he has featured more frequently in the Europa League.

A product of Hadjuk Split’s academy system, the 28-year-old would be a welcome addition to Southampton’s defensive ranks.

Though no fee has yet been mentioned in connection with Strinic, his lack of game time at the club suggests Napoli could be willing to part with the Croatian – provided the offer is deemed satisfactory.

Southampton could face stiff competition for his services, though, with fellow Italian side Sampdoria also said to be keen on a move for the defender.

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