With question marks over the future of Mousa Dembele, Tottenham Hotspur are expected to be in the market for a new central midfielder this summer – and preferably one with similar athletic traits.
Dembele is out of contract in 2019 and finding his heir may be key this summer, and finding a player who has the drive to carry the ball through midfield is hugely important.
A host of options have already been touted, but reports in France suggest that Mauricio Pochettino is actually lining up a swoop on former club Southampton this summer.
The Gabon international, 24, joined Southampton from Juventus last summer and did show promise in a Saints shirt, making 25 Premier League appearances whilst displaying some of the qualities of Dembele.
Lemina therefore makes sense for Spurs, but Southampton fans have been left split over the rumours surrounding the former Lorient and Marseille man ahead of the summer transfer window.
Some believe that Lemina underwhelmed a little in his first season and has a 'bad attitude, with some claiming that he would be on his way if Spurs do come in for him, but Everton and West Ham would be sideways moves.
Others think that Southampton need to keep Lemina and shouldn't sell at any price, instead building the midfield around him under Mark Hughes and looking to help him fulfil his untapped potential.
Lemina certainly delivered a lot less in his 1st season than Clasie did. TBH, I really doubt we'll see Lemina again in a Saints shirt #saintsfc— Will Thomas (@Willtsfc) May 15, 2018
I just cannot understand #saintsfc fans wanting to sell Lemina and PEH. Hughes likes both these players— Alan (@AlanRorke18) May 15, 2018
Quite alot of #saintsfc fans want to keep Lemina. Personally, if a decent bid came in £30m+, I'd sell in a heartbeat. Gone missing alot this season, drifts through games. Also has a reputation of having a bad attitude,.— Andrew (@andrew_saintsfc) May 15, 2018
People wanting to sell Lemina and Hojbjerg are stupid, don’t understand what good footballers are. Lemina could easily become one of the best midfielders in the league with the right guidance, and Hojbjerg is a player that Guardiola loved massively at Bayern #saintsfc— Samson (@Mo_S4mson) May 15, 2018
We can't afford to lose our best player— GloryHunter (@Lallana007) May 14, 2018
NOT FOR SALE AT ANY PRICE— Geoff White (@altoniansaint) May 15, 2018
A couple of decent games only....one goal, a couple of assists...not enough for a whole season. Shows potential but.....If it's the right price....take it Saints !— Philip Gilliam (@GlasgowSaint) May 15, 2018
Great player when he wants to be, injury prone though. Never sell to a team we can compete with - what’s the point? If spurs come calling, he’ll go— Graham Webster (@gray_webster) May 15, 2018