Southampton have reportedly stepped up their chase to sign OGC Nice midfielder Jean Seri, and have ‘made contact’ with the French club over a potential transfer.

According to a report from French news outlet RMC Sport today, Saints are joined by Leicester in their interest for Seri’s signature this summer and could make a move for the midfielder this summer.

The report states that Seri has a release clause included in his current deal with Nice worth up to €40 million, but it’s inevitably likely that he wouldn’t cost anywhere near as much if he is to move on.

However, RMC believe that Nice are set to open negotiations with the central midfielder over a new contract at the club, amid fears that the Premier League’s allure could prove to be too much for the Ivorian to refuse.

Seri has been in superb form for Nice this season and was linked with Saints just a few weeks ago.