Last week, we relayed news from Spain that Sheffield United and Brighton & Hove Albion have ‘taken interest’ in Almería’s Darwin Núñez.

The striker finished the campaign with 16 goals and two assists in La Liga 2, but he failed to help his side overcome Girona in the playoffs. now brings in the latest update and their headline states ‘Southampton sprint for Nunez’.

The player has been approached by Napoli and AS Roma, and received proposals from elsewhere.

In the last few hours, Southampton’s interest has become more concrete and Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side have ‘submitted a written offer’ of €12m for the South American.

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With this, the Saints have taken the lead over WfL Wolfsburg, who had already made an official proposal for the player.

The report adds Núñez’s sale is ‘almost a certainty’ after his club suffered defeats against Girona in both the legs of the playoffs. It’s claimed Almería are ‘ready to sell’ the frontman this summer after failing to seal promotion to La Liga.

The website ends their report by stating, ‘these are very hot hours to define the future’ of Núñez.