Jan Bednarek will become the most expensive export in the history of Polish football if he puts the finishing touches on his £5.7 million move to Southampton.
The Daily Mail claim that the centre-back is on the verge of signing for the South Coast club, rejecting interest from German duo Freiburg and Hannover to become Mauricio Pellegrino’s first signing at St Mary’s.
The Lech Poznan defender, who was sent off after giving away a penalty in Poland’s 3-0 European Under-21 Championship group-stage defeat to England, is a typically Southampton signing.
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Young, affordable and with potential by the bucketload, he will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Nathanial Clyne, Virgil van Dijk, Morgan Schneiderlin and co by fulfilling his vast promise with The Saints.
However, you wonder if Southampton would be so quick to secure a deal if Nathan Ake had not been slipping through their grasp. The Guardian reports that South coast rivals Bournemouth are close to sealing a club-record £20 million deal for the Chelsea prospect despite interest from Southampton.
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The 22-year-old enjoyed a fine loan spell at Bournemouth in the first-half of last season and manager Eddie Howe looks likely to give him the first-team opportunities he was unlikely to get at Stamford Bridge.
And missing out on one of Europe’s most highly rated young centre-backs, who won his first senior Holland cap last month, will be a blow to a Southampton side who pride themselves on giving youngsters the platform upon which to perform.
Yet, at least the deal to sign Bednarek, who is expected to be a pillar of the Polish national side for years to come, softens the blow somewhat.