Report: Southampton could miss out on Nathan Redmond - because of Koeman's exit

Nathan Redmond celebrates after scoring the first goal for Norwich

Stoke City have reportedly stolen a march on Southampton in the race for Nathan Redmond.

Nathan Redmond scores the first goal for NorwichNathan Redmond scores for Norwich

According to the Daily Mail, Southampton could lose out to Stoke City in the race for Norwich City star Nathan Redmond because they don't have a manager.

The Saints lost manager Ronald Koeman to Everton last week, with the Dutchman presented as the new Toffees boss on Friday afternoon.

Nathan Redmond celebrates after scoring the first goal for Norwich

That leaves Southampton searching for a new manager, and whilst they will be looking to take their time to make sure they get the right man for the job, they could miss out on a top transfer target.

The Mirror reported earlier this week that winger Nathan Redmond was closing in on a move to Southampton, as talks over an £11m deal with Norwich City had reached an advanced stage, with a medical even scheduled.

Norwich City's Nathan Redmond looks dejected after the game

Now though, the Daily Mail report that Southampton could miss out on Redmond, with Stoke City now looking to beat the Saints to his signature - because of Koeman's exit.

It's claimed that Koeman's departure has left Redmond questioning the move to the South Coast, as a new manager may not be so keen on him, giving Stoke hope of hijacking the deal.

Everton's Jonjoe Kenny in action with Norwich's Nathan Redmond

The 22-year-old hit six goals and three assists for Norwich last season as the Canaries suffered relegation to the Championship, but his promising displays have generated interest.

With pace and dribbling ability, Redmond is a dangerous winger who showed he could make an impact in the Premier League - but rather than the red and white stripes of Southampton, he could end up in the red and white stripes of Stoke instead.

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