Report: Southampton reignite interest in Juan Fernando Quintero, Koeman pursuing another bid

Southampton are reportedly readying another move for Juan Fernando Quintero.

According to The Sun, Southampton are ready to make another move for Colombian ace Juan Fernando Quintero, having allegedly failed with moves for him in 2014 and 2015.

Quintero, 22, has been one of the most highly-rated young midfielders in the world since bursting on to the scene at the 2013 Under-20 Championships with Colombia.

After a spell with Pescara in Italy, Quintero moved on to join Porto, who had helped kickstart the careers of fellow Colombians such as Fredy Guarin, James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao and Jackson Martinez.

However, with just six goals in two season for the Portuguese giants, Quintero has struggled to realise his potential, and has subsequently been loaned out to French side Rennes for the season.

Now, The Sun report that Southampton failed in moves to sign Quintero in 2014 and 2015 - and manager Ronald Koeman is now pursuing another deal for him.

The report states that Koeman sent Saints scouts to France on Friday in order to watch Quintero play against Paris Saint-Germain, with a third move for the player touted.

Dusan Tadic and Steven Davis have both enjoyed strong starts to the season, but it seems that Koeman is still pursuing a deal for Quintero, with the Saints boss allegedly holding a long-standing interest in the Colombian playmaker.

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