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Mohammed Salisu has rejected a better financial offer from Rennes in order to seal a dream switch to Southampton, according to Diario de Valladolid.

One of the worst kept secrets in football is now common knowledge.

While Real Valladolid have kept schtum so far, all the signs suggest that this 20-year-old centre-back will be posing for pictures in front of St Mary’s sooner rather than later.

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A member of the Salisu family admitted on Friday that an £11 million transfer is ’80 to 90 per cent done’ (Modern Ghana).

Rennes president Nicolas Holveck, meanwhile, told RMC that he had given up hope of luring the Ghanaian to France, admitting that Salisu had chosen Britain over Brittany.

How much Rennes were willing to offer remains a mystery.

But, according to reports from Spain, a team who finished third in Ligue 1 last season to qualify for the Champions League were willing to pay more than the £35,000-a-week Salisu is expected to earn at Southampton (AS).

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One of La Liga’s breakthrough stars is fluent in English and, as a result, felt that a move to the Premier League would better serve his development.

Salisu will sign a five-year contract with the Saints. And, in Ralph Hasenhuttl, the youngster will work under a coach who has a superb track record when it comes to turning uncut diamonds into gleaming gems.

Timo Werner, Jack Stephens, Naby Keita, Lukas Klostermann, Nathan Redmond and more all went from strength to strength under Hasenhuttl at RB Leipzig and Southampton.

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