Report: Southampton battling West Ham in race to sign Roma-owned Adem Ljajic

Southampton have reportedly joined West Ham in the race to sign Adem Ljajic.

According to a report from Calcio Mercato, Southampton are the latest team to join the race for Adem Ljajic's signature this summer.

Ljajic, 24, will be a familiar name to some Premier League fans having initially agreed to sign for Manchester United back in 2009, with the plan to move to Old Trafford in 2010 - only for the deal to be cancelled by United months after his signature.

The Serbian playmaker eventually did leave Partizan Belgrade for Fiorentina in January 2010, and his record of 16 goals in 88 games for the Serie A giants handed him a move to rivals Roma.

After another 15 goals in 75 games for Roma, Ljajic fell out of favour at Roma, and was sent out on loan to Inter Milan last summer - but with just four goals and three assists this term, he looks unlikely to earn a permanent move to the San Siro this summer.

That leaves his future in question, and now Calcio Mercato report that both Borussia Dortmund and West Ham United are battling for his services, whilst Southampton have now joined the race too.

Southampton have seen Ljajic's international team-mate Dusan Tadic thrive in recent weeks, but with doubts over the future of Sadio Mane, Ljajic could finally realise his Premier League dream with a move to the South Coast, playing either behind the striker or out wide.

However, West Ham spent handsomely in the Italian market last year by landing Pedro Obiang and Angelo Ogbonna from Sampdoria and Juventus respectively, and could make another move by landing Ljajic.

The Daily Mail recently claimed that the Hammers failed in a bid last summer - and are again pursuing him this time around, meaning a major transfer battle could ensue over Ljajic in the coming months.

Would Ljajic be better off signing for Southampton or West Ham?

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