Southampton and West Ham United are weighing up moves to sign highly-rated Nice defender Flavius Daniliuc this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The Austria U21 captain impressed the Premier League rivals with his efforts in Ligue 1 last season as he enjoyed his first taste of senior football. Daniliuc joined Les Aiglons in July 2020 from Bayern Munich after six years in their academy without a first-team game.

Bayern Munich strove to retain Daniliuc before he departed for France with the offer of a new contract. But he elected to join a then-Patrick Vieira led Nice side to kick-start his career. A decision that paid off with 26 senior appearances, starting 18, in all competitions.

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The centre-half agreed to a £3,300-per-week contract upon his arrival at the Allianz Riviera last summer. His terms do not expire until 2024, but Nice could offload Daniliuc this summer, either on loan or permanently.

Daniliuc is behind Dante and Jean-Clair Todibo in Christophe Galtier’s pecking order on the French Riviera. Southampton and West Ham could offer Daniliuc a route out of Nice, as the 20-year-old powerhouse impressed the Premier League rivals last term.

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The Daily Mail also note Daniliuc is considered among the most promising players of his age. He also trained with Real Madrid before moving to Bayern Munich, where he captained the Bundesliga giants’ U19s.

Southampton or West Ham to sign a work in progress in Nice defender Daniliuc

Southampton or West Ham could sign a defender on the rise in Daniliuc, as the Nice talent is not a finished product yet. Hasenhuttl or Moyes would instead hire a work in progress in the defender Les Aiglons describe on their website as ‘such a promising player’.

Daniliuc has developed well in France since leaving Bayern Munich’s academy last summer. He has shown a strong technical understanding of his defensive tasks and carried out his responsibilities with great calmness. But he has also made regular and costly mistakes.

The Austrian powerhouse cost Nice against Lyon and Bordeaux. Although he atoned for the errors by netting his maiden Ligue 1 goal to beat Stade Rennes in February. Showing his attacking awareness to stoop and head home Amine Gouiri’s free-kick into the far corner.

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