Less than 24 hours after the £25 million sale of captain Adam Lallana to Liverpool, per Andy Hunter of The Guardian, Premier League club Southampton look set to name winger Dusan Tadic as their newest recruit.
The club had already been linked with the FC Twente midfielder prior to Lallana’s sale, but the sale of the England man has set the wheels in motion for new manager Ronald Koeman to confirm his first acquisition to St Mary’s Stadium.
News of an official agreement between the two clubs was broken by Sky Sports News via Twitter just hours after Lallana’s departure:
Sky Sources: Southampton agree fee with FC Twente for midfielder Dusan Tadic #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 1, 2014
The club has yet to verify the news, and the fee remains undisclosed.
Tadic, who joined FC Twente from Eredivisie rivals FC Groningen in 2012, was one of Dutch football’s brightest stars in 2013/14 and had garnered plenty of plaudits from fans and media alike.
Having scored 16 league goals and claimed 14 assists, the 25-year-old was additionally named in the WhoScored.com Eredivisie Team of the Season. The Serbia star also gained more Man of the Match awards than any player in the division, while only Feyenoord's Graziano Pelle received a higher match rating in Holland last season.
Southampton will be determined to wrap up any potential deal as soon as possible, though, as they face plenty of competition for Tadic’s signature. According to Ben Jefferson of The Express, Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton have also been monitoring the FC Twente star.
With Lallana joining fellow England stars Luke Shaw and Rickie Lambert out of the St Mary’s exit door, Koeman has a real rebuilding process on his hands. It appears that Tadic will become the first addition to the Dutchman’s blueprint.
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