Southampton were willing to shatter their transfer record to sign Quincy Promes in January but that still wasn’t enough to convince Spartak Moscow to sell.
The Saints were struggling for goals and inspiration in attack and turned to the Russian-based Dutch international midway through last season to bring some excitement to St Mary’s.
Promes had blossomed into one of the most feared attackers in Russian football, scoring 55 goals in just four seasons after his move to Moscow from FC Twente. No wonder Spartak were demanding top dollar.
According to The Mail, Southampton offered £25 million but had their bid turned down. Spartak were not willing to budge on their £30 million valuation.
So Saints could have a sour taste in their mouths as Promes moves to Spain for a fraction of that fee just seven months later.
According to the Mail (live blog, 12.56pm), Sevilla have ended the 26-year-old’s four year spell in Northern Europe. And they have paid just £17 million for the former Ajax academy graduate, who scored twice against the Andalusians in last season’s Champions League group stage.
This is perhaps another example of the premium Premier League sides face when trying to sign players from the continent. Clubs know they can afford to pay big and are determined to eke out every penny possible.
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