Southampton interest in Nice’s Jean-Michael Seri makes some sense on several levels. First, and hopefully foremost, the player is having a good season with Nice.

From a central midfield position Seri has made 9 assists and scored 3 goals in 26 Ligue 1 games. He’s one of Nice’s best handful of performers and perhaps the only surprise is interest isn’t more widespread.

Secondly, when Seri arrived at Nice the club was led by Claude Puel, which shows the Southampton manager is keen on him. It’s natural to believe Puel would keep an eye on Seri’s performances at the French club.

Thirdly, he’d be relatively cheap. There’s been no price tag put on the player, but A Bola reckon Seri’s former club Pacos Ferreira are hoping for a sale between €2m and €4m, because they get a percentage of any proceeds. Perhaps Pacos are being pessimistic, Ligue 1 prices aren’t that cheap any longer.

Turning 26 years of age in July, Seri would just about fall into the bracket of having a good resale value, something a lot of Southampton business is geared toward.

As it stands, this just seems to be general interest, with no suggestion of a move being made. It’s worth pointing out the most recent ‘updates’ have come from Portugal, with Seri’s former club perhaps trying to encourage the idea of a transfer.