Report: Southampton battling West Ham to re-sign former loanee Iago Falque

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Iago Falque made one appearance for Southampton in 2012 but the Saints, and West Ham United, reportedly want him now.

Iago Falque of Torino FC celebrates a goal during the serie A match between Torino FC and Bologna FC at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on January 6, 2018 in Turin, Italy.

Six years after Iago Falque made just one appearance on loan at Southampton, the now-28-year-old is being linked with a shock return to St Mary’s this summer.

According to Italian publication Tuttosport, Southampton have informed Serie A outfit Torino that they are interested in re-signing the Spanish play-maker, who moved on loan to the South Coast from Tottenham during the Saints’ 2011/12 Championship title-winning campaign.

Falque has been in Italy since Spurs sold him to Genoa back in 2014 and a man who never really found his feet in English football has thrived in Italy. In 34 league starts last season, the former Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona youngster scored 12 goals and set up another eight.

In fact, he has hit double figures in Serie A in three of the last four years, barring a disappointing 2015/16 spell at Roma.

Iago Falque of Torino celebrates after scoring a goal during the serie A match between Genoa CFC and Torino FC at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on May 20, 2018 in Genoa, Italy.

The report adds that West Ham United have also expressed an interest in signing the former Spain U21 international, whose creativity, goal threat and ability to play wide right or through the middle could see him thrive under a manager like Manuel Pellegrini who prioritises exciting and attractive football.

The report adds that Torino have no intention of parting with their star man but may be forced to sell if they receive a big bid.

Spanish giants Sevilla and Valencia are also understood to be keen.

Tottenham Hotspur's Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Spanish midfielder Yago Falque (R) during the English League Cup Fourth Round football match...

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