Turkish journalist Ertan Süzgün claims Southampton are looking to sell Mario Lemina permanently, rather than allowing him to join Besiktas on a loan deal.

The Gabonese midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to the Turkish club in recent weeks, with reports their manager Sergen Yalcin is keen to bring him in.

However, Süzgün report this transfer could be hard to complete for Besiktas, as they will struggle to convince both Southampton and the player.

Lemina’s wages are currently unaffordable for the Black Eagles, but Süzgün claims they are still interested in signing the 26 year old.

After spending last season on loan at Besiktas’ arch-rivals Galatasaray, it’s unclear where the former Juventus midfielder will end up this summer, although there’s thought to be interest in England and Germany.

He’s not in the plans of Southampton’s technical staff for next season and will need to find another club before the window closes.

Lemina’s contract with the Saints will expire at the end of June 2022.