Eintracht Frankfurt defender Martin Hinteregger is a target for Southampton, with a €25m offer ‘in the room’.
The Saints are expected to improve their squad this summer, with the centre of defence seemingly a position they are keen to improve.
A deal for defender Mohamed Salisu has been close to completion for several weeks, but reports suggest he may not be the only centre back to arrive.
A report in England recently linked Hinteregger with a move to the South Coast, and that has now been covered in Germany.
Frankfurter Rundschau explain that Eintracht are looking at ways to build on their squad this summer, but that won’t be easy as ‘money is tight’ at the club.
That is due to costs elsewhere, particularly on the improvement of their stadium, and the fact they spent heavily last year.
Thus, the German side are ‘toying’ with the idea of selling players to raise funds, and that could include some of their first-team stars.
Hinteregger is one such player and, according to the newspaper, is ‘not only associated’ with Southampton and coach Ralph Hasenhüttl, but also ‘coveted’ by the Saints, and a ‘whopping’ €25m bid is ‘actually in the room’.
To put that in plain English, Southampton’s link to the player is serious, and there is talk a €25m bid could be incoming.
Whether that would be enough to tempt Eintracht into a sale isn’t mentioned, but it is made clear that coach Adi Hütter is very much against losing the player.
He is said be ‘totally in love’ with the defender, viewing him as ‘Champions League calibre’, so is likely to resist the club selling should Southampton come calling with a serious bid.