Walter Kannemann has now been linked with Southampton.

Southampton have joined the race to sign Gremio defender Walter Kannemann, according to ClubCall, as Ralph Hasenhuttl looks to reinforce his back line with the experienced Argentine.

Despite missing out on a place in Lionel Scaloni’s Copa America squad, the 28-year-old centre-half is not short of offers with a move to Europe on the cards for a player who has spent his entire career in Brazil, Mexico and his native Argentina.

Globo Esporte claim to have been informed by Kannemann’s agent, Martin Wainbuch, that Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal have expressed an interest with Gremio demanding £13.5 million.

Though big-spending Southampton are also apparently keen to make him their fourth signing of the summer, after the arrivals of Danny Ings, Che Adams and Moses Djenepo.

A committed and typically tough-tackling South American centre-back, Kannemann would undoubtedly strengthen an error-prone Saints backline which conceded a staggering 65 Premier League goals last season.

Southampton certainly need him a lot more than a Wolves side which was breached just 46 times in comparison with Nuno Espirito Santo’s tried and trusted back three of Conor Coady, Willy Boly and Ryan Bennett proving increasingly difficult to break down as the season went on.

While Kannemann might be only a back-up at Molineux, he could be a central figure, quite literally, at St Mary’s.

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