Despite seeing their first bid of £12.7m rejected, Southampton have not been deterred in their attempts to bring Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro to St Mary's, as the Daily Mirror reports that they plan to make an improved offer for the 22-year-old.
Sturaro has struggled to establish himself in the Old Lady's side this season, with just 11 Serie A appearances to his name with Massimiliano Allegri preferring to call upon the likes of Paul Pogba and Sami Khedira.
But despite being offered the chance to make a considerable profit on the £4.5m that they spent on the midfielder in 2014 (via Mirror), the current Scudetto holders turned down the offer from Ronald Koeman's side. But with the Mirror reporting that the Dutchman wants to add a midfielder to his squad, it appears that another bid may be on the cards.
The Mirror suggests that Sturaro is being lined up as a potential replacement for Victor Wanyama, who hopes to leave the club at some point in the coming months.
However, the south coast side will have to see off competition from Premier League rivals Crystal Palace, who are also interested in the former Genoa man (via Mirror).
While the Saints boast plenty of midfield depth, signing Sturaro would provide a major boost during a difficult run for the club. The side have won just once in their last ten games in all competitions, and arguably need a fresh arrival to lift the spirits in the team.