Despite claims from Italy that West Ham were the most advanced to sign and in England that Stoke City were planning to hold talks with Juventus’ Mario Lemina, it appears that Southampton are the ones who have won the race.

According to RMC Sport’s Mohamed Bouhafsi, the Saints have agreed an €18m fee with the Serie A outfit for the Gabon international, seeing the reigning champions nearly double their money in a year, having paid around £8m for him in the first place last summer.

Furthermore, the player is expected have his medical in the next 48 hours ahead of his move to St Mary’s, making him Southampton’s second signing of the summer after bringing in centre-back Jan Bednarek from Lech Poznan.

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The 23-year-old midfielder only made sporadic appearances under Max Allegri last season, coming off the bench more often than not, totalling 29 appearances in all competitions, picking up one goal and one assist along the way.