Francis Amuzu stood out at the U21 European Championships for Belgium but is a move to the Premier League next up with Saints and Brighton linked.

South Coast rivals Southampton and Brighton are both going head to head to sign Anderlecht forward Francis Amuzu, according to Het Laaste Nieuws.

The Saints have already signed one highly-rated attacker from Belgian football this summer, paying big to bring in Moses Djenepo from Standard Liege. And the Ghana-born Belgium U21 international Amuzu could be about to follow Djenepo to the Premier League.

A versatile winger who prefers to play on the left but is also more than capable of starring on the right or through the middle, the 19-year-old made his breakthrough last season with 35 appearances in all competitions.

In an ideal world, an Anderlecht side plotting the RCSA2.0 movement under new player-manager Vincent Kompany would love to keep a player who stood out at the U21 European Championships this summer with his rapid pace.

GhanaSoccerNet claimed recently that the former Manchester City captain wanted Amuzu to be a key player in his new regime.

But Amuzu, who caused eventual tournament winners Spain huge problems off the bench in the group stage, is out of contract in the summer of 2020 and Anderlecht have been unable to tie him down to fresh terms.

As a result, the Belgian giants may be forced to sell in order to avoid losing Amuzu on a free – and this opens the door for Southampton or Brighton to sign one of the country’s most exciting attackers for a cut-price fee.

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