Report: Southampton battle Premier League rivals for Valencia's Aymen Abdennour

Mauricio Pellegrino

Valencia could let Aymen Abdennour leave on a knock-down price with both Southampton and Leicester City interested.

It is fair to say Aymen Abdennour’s reputation is not what it was. Valencia looked to have pulled off an impressive coup when they landed the highly-rated Monaco centre-back for £22 million in the summer of 2015, as reported by the BBC.

After two disastrous seasons in La Liga with both player and club struggling badly, the Tunisian could now depart for a fraction of that hefty fee. Yet, it appears that Premier League suitors are willing to overlook the fact that Abdennour was only trusted to start nine league games last season.

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Aymen AbdennourValencia have twice flirted with relegation since Abdennour arrived

FootMercato report that Premier League duo Leicester City and Southampton are interested in handing him an escape route out of the Mestalla, with his price tag reportedly dropping as low as £13 million.

Even that seems a bit excessive for a player who has looked nothing like the defender linked with a generous number of European super clubs as recently as two years ago. Yet, reports that the Premier League duo are looking for a new defender should come as no surprise.

Southampton talisman Virgil van Dijk continues to be linked with a move away while they are yet to replace Jose Fonte, who left for West Ham in January. Former Lech Poznan defender Jan Bednarek, who represented Poland at the European Under-21 Championship this summer on home soil, is surely more ‘one for the future’ than an immediate solution.

Leicester City, meanwhile, continue to rely on Robert Huth and Wes Morgan; Premier League champions a year ago but who have a combined age of 65.

Wes Morgan celebrates after scoring the first goal for LeicesterEven at 33, Morgan remains indispensible for Leicester

Abdennour may be younger at 27 but his performances at Valencia do little to suggest he could replace the influential Van Dijk or Morgan at St Mary’s or the King Power.

AS reported last month that Abdennour had offers from Newcastle United and Everton but it appears they have been overtaken in the queue.

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