Southampton are interested in a move for Vitória Setubal defender Artur Jorge and could make a move for him in the January transfer window.

Saints have struggled defensively this season and already conceded 29 goals, the most in the league after 12 games.

Improving their defensive performances will be essential to avoiding another relegation battle and turning around a disappointing campaign.

The answer could come in the form of defensive recruits in January, and one may arrive from Portugal according to A Bola.

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The newspaper claims that Southampton are interested in Vitória defender Artur Jorge, who has played a vital role in ensuring the Portuguese side have only conceded seven goals this season.

The Saints have reportedly been keeping track of Jorge for ‘a few months’ and may make their move in January.

Vitória would only let Jorge go for ‘a significant amount’, although Southampton only value him at €1.5m.

A Bola say a ‘proposal’ from Southampton may arrive in the coming days, but they are not the only interested party, with Championship clubs also keen.