According to The Mirror (28/02, p67), Southampton are interested in snapping up Levante winger Jorge de Frutos.

It’s claimed that Southampton have already spoken to his representatives, and are at the front of the queue for a deal.

De Frutos does have a contract with Levante until 2025, meaning he won’t come cheap, but the Saints have hope of a move.

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Primarily a right-sided winger, De Frutos can also operate on the left if needed, and he now looks to be fulfilling his potential.

The wide man had a spell in the Real Madrid ranks, but couldn’t break through to their first team as he spent his team in their B team.

A move to Levante materialised last summer, and he has hit three goals and 10 assists in all competitions this season.

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Southampton do have plenty of players who can operate as the wide players in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s 4-2-2-2 system, including Nathan Redmond, Moussa Djenepo, Stuart Armstrong and youngster Nathan Tella.

Yet with Theo Walcott and Takumi Minamino only on loan until the summer, De Frutos may be seen as a long term solution for Southampton down the right flank.

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