Report: Southampton make contact with Lille over Kevin Malcuit

LOSC Lille defender Kevin Malcuit from France during the match between FC Porto v LOSC Lille for Algarve Football Cup 2018 at Estadio do Algarve on July 20, 2018 in Faro, Portugal.

Southampton have reportedly entered the running to sign Kevin Malcuit.

Lille's French Moroccan defender Kevin Malcuit (L) vies with Marseille's Argentinian forward Lucas Ocampos during the French L1 football match Marseille versus Lille on April 21, 2018 at...

Southampton have approached Lille over a move for right-back Kevin Malcuit, report Tuttomercatoweb.

Napoli are also interested in the full-back but the Italian website report Southampton have moved to steal ahead in the battle to sign him.

 

Malcuit was signed under Marcelo Bielsa at Lille last summer from Saint Etienne.

The 27-year-old began his career with Monaco before dropping down into France's fourth tier to play regularly, and working his way back up to Ligue 1.

Malcuit was linked with a move to West Ham in 2017 by SkySports.

LOSC Lille defender Kevin Malcuit from France during the match between FC Porto v LOSC Lille for Algarve Football Cup 2018 at Estadio do Algarve on July 20, 2018 in Faro, Portugal.

Cedric Soares, 26, is Southampton's first choice right-back, and Malcuit would have to compete with him for a starting spot.

If Napoli do push ahead with their own interest in Malcuit, they would appear to have an advantage over Southampton in the race to sign him as they can offer Champions League football.

The last player Southampton signed from Lille was Sofiane Boufal, who has just been loaned to Celta Vigo.

Lille's French Moroccan defender Kevin Malcuit (L) vies with Saint-Etienne's French forward Kevin Monnet-Paquet during the French L1 football match between Lille (LOSC) and Saint-Etienne (...

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