Will Mauricio Pellegrino's Southampton be tempted to hijack Brighton's Victor Camarasa bid?

Southampton's Argentinian manager Mauricio Pellegrino looks on before  the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in London,...

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino knows Victor Camarasa well from his time in La Liga, but Premier League neighbours Brighton are leading the chase.

Victor Camarasa of Real Betis Balompie (R) being followed by Sime Vrsaljko of Club Atletico de Madrid (L) during the La Liga match between Real Betis and Atletico Madrid at Estadio Benito...

Victor Camarasa looks set to be heading to the English South Coast after just half a season as a Real Betis player.

According to ABC de Sevilla, the Andalucian side are ready to cash in on the 23-year-old midfielder, who has made only 11 La Liga starts since joining from Levante for a fee of around £6 million.

And it is understood that Brighton and Hove Albion are set to make their second big signing of the January transfer window. They have entered talks with Camarasa and could pull off a deal for about £9 million.

But Brighton are not the only club on England’s Southern tip who should be looking closely at a player tipped to succeed Steve Sidwell at The Amex.

Deportivo Alaves' midfielder Victor Camarasa (L) vies with Barcelona's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) final football match FC Barcelona vs...

Chris Hughton is obviously an admirer of Camarasa but so too is Southampton counterpart Mauricio Pellegrino.

After all, the former Spain Under-21 international was a big part of his Alaves side that not only finished ninth in their first season back in La Liga but also reached the Copa Del Rey final, losing unfortunately to a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona.

Southampton's Argentinian manager Mauricio Pellegrino looks on before  the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in London,...

Pellegrino’s Alaves side were based on a solid defence first and foremost and the hard-working Camarasa was a hugely important figure in the centre of the park, protecting the back line from midfield while also being used in a second striker position when required.

It is this versatility that made Camarasa so important at Alaves, so Pellegrino should consider hijacking Brighton’s bid in order to add some steel and class to his struggling Southampton side.

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