Report: Southampton to beat West Ham United to Marlon Santos

Paris Saint-Germain's German midfielder Julian Draxler (R) vies with Nice's French defender Christophe Jallet (L) and Nice's Brazilian defender Santos Marlon during the French L1 football...

Southampton and West Ham United reportedly want Marlon Santos of Barcelona in the summer transfer window.

Lyon's French midfielder Nabil Fekir (C) vies with Nice's French defender Arnaud Souquet (R) and Nice's Brasilian defender Santos Marlon (L) during the French L1 football match between...

According to The Mirror (Transfer Live blog, 19:56, Sunday, July 1, 2018), Sunderland will beat West Ham United to the signature of Barcelona central defender Marlon Santos.

It has been reported that Southampton and Barcelona have agreed a fee of £10 million regarding the transfer fee of Santos this summer.

West Ham United miss out?

The report in The Mirror (Transfer Live blog, 19:56, Sunday, July 1, 2018) claims of West Ham’s interest in Santos.

Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao (R) vies with Nice's Brasilian defender Santos Marlon (L) during the French L1 football match Monaco vs Nice on January 16, 2018 at the Louis II...

However, with the Saints reportedly agreeing a deal with Barcelona, it seems that the Hammers are set to miss out on the former Brazil Under-20 international centre-back.

Risky signing?

Santos is talented, which is why Barcelona signed him from Fluminense in the first place, but the 22-year-old has yet to prove himself in Europe.

Metz's French midfielder Renaud Cohade (L) vies with Nice's Brazilian defender Santos Marlon during the French L1 football match Nice vs Metz, on December 02, 2017 at the Allianz Riviera...

The youngster has failed to establish himself in the Barcelona first team and spent the 2017-18 campaign on loan at French club Nice.

The 22-year-old Brazilian was supposed to be on loan at the Ligue 1 outfit for the 2018-19 campaign, too, but new Nice manager Patrick Vieira decided not to retain his services.

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