Southampton have already had their opening bid for Monaco striker Guido Carrillo turned down, according to the Guardian’s Ed Aarons.

Saints reportedly lodged an offer worth €20m for the striker on Friday but have seen their efforts swiftly rebuffed by Monaco, who appear to be keen on demanding a greater transfer fee.

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Carrillo is little more than a backup option for Leonardo Jardim at Monaco and has started only two games in Ligue 1 this season. The 26-year-old has been playing second fiddle to Colombia international Radamel Falcao and has hit the net only four times in the league this term.

Mauricio Pellegrino is understood to be an admirer of Carrillo, with the pair having worked together at Estudiantes in Argentina.

Carrillo is reportedly open to a move to the Premier League but it seems Monaco will not allow him to leave unless a fee above €20m is coughed up.