Reports: Southampton to push through permanent deal for Alderweireld in January

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is reportedly trying to force through a deal for Toby Alderweireld.

Many of the pre-season predictions may have pegged Southampton as a lower mid-table side after a summer of exits, but new manager Ronald Koeman has proven all the doubters wrong.

The Saints lie in fourth place, just three points behind Manchester United in third. it's been a superb season so far, but manager Koeman needs to strengthen the squad in January.

Southampton certainly need depth in a number of positions, and have already landed their first January signing in Werder Bremen winger Eljero Elia.

Yet according to the Daily Mirror, Koeman is now set to prioritise the future of defender Toby Alderweireld over any more additions for now.

Alderweireld, 25, is currently on loan at St. Mary's Stadium from Atletico Madrid, and has been a rock in the heart of the Southampton back line.

The Belgian's displays have reportedly attracted interest from a number of teams, including his parent club Atletico, who may sell Miranda in the coming months.

Alderweireld can be signed permanently by Southampton for £6.3m in the summer of 2015, but Atletico can pay £1.5m to cancel that particular agreement. In order to prevent such a thing happening, Koeman is allegedly trying to push through the permanent deal now, bringing it forward by six months.

That would be a huge boost to Southampton, who have arguably upgraded upon Dejan Lovren, the man Alderweireld was brought in to replace back in September.

Saints left back Matt Targett recently admitted that he wanted to see Alderweireld stay permanently, and he may well get his wish in the coming weeks.

"He is a great guy and on the pitch he is amazing. He would be a great signing and I hope we can sign him," said the youngster. "He has been amazing since he came in. Week in, week out he has been consistently one of the best players for us. He was a great signing, he has done really well."

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