Adam Ounas (R)
According to RMC Sport, Southampton and Stoke City are stepping up their interest in Adam Ounas.
The French publication claims that as many as six clubs are tracking the highly-rated Bordeaux winger, with Southampton and Stoke contacting the player and planning bids in the region of £8 million.
The 19-year-old only made his breakthrough for French side Bordeaux 12 months ago and went on to make as many as 19 Ligue 1 appearances this past season, scoring five goals in the process.
Blessed with pace, trickery and a directness similar to Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, many are excited over the potential which Ounas possesses and a big move away has been strongly mooted.
French-born but with Algerian links, Ounas has gathered a host of clubs interested in his services, although it appears Premier League duo Southampton and Stoke are leading the race.
The Saints have the basis of a very good squad and they are in a position to now sign Europe’s top youngsters, despite currently being manager-less following Ronald Koeman’s exit.
Stoke will be looking to improve on their third straight ninth place finish last term, and the Potters certainly lack pace and directness in wide areas which could make a big difference.
The report goes on to say that Bordeaux are looking for more than £8 million for Ounas, with the player under contract at the club until 2019 having only recently signed a new deal.