Report: Southampton eye Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey as possible Wanyama replacement

Southampton are reportedly hoping to lure Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.

According to The Mirror, Southampton are lining up a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, despite Watford seeing a £6.5m bid rejected.

The Saints have picked up just four points from their last eight games, and it's clear that the frustration got to manager Ronald Koeman after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Norwich City.

Koeman not only dropped star player Sadio Mane to the bench after he was late for a meeting, but was also unhappy with midfielder Victor Wanyama for a foolish sending off at Carrow Road.

The Kenyan international, 24, told the club he wanted to leave over the summer having been blocked from joining Tottenham, as reported here by the Daily Mail, and question marks surround his future once again after his sending off against Norwich.

Manager Koeman will no doubt be looking at potential replacements for Wanyama, and the Daily Mirror believe that the Saints are lining up an ambitious move for Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey.

The Ghanaian midfielder, 22, has yet to start a La Liga match for Diego Simeone's men, but in his last two appearances as a substitute, he has notched an assist and a goal, with the midfielder earning plenty of praise in Spain for his promising displays.

Yet, with the likes of Saul, Gabi, Koke, Augusto Fernandez and Oliver Torres also available to play in midfield, teams are attempting to make Atletico sell Partey, but the report states that Watford have already had a £6.5m bid rejected for his services.

It would surely take a huge offer for Atletico to even consider selling, but it's clear that Southampton are lining up potential replacements for Wanyama, who has just 18 months left on his contract with the Saints.

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