Southampton ‘came close’ to signing Bordeaux forward Francois Kamano in January, according to reports, and could return with an offer in the summer.

The Guinea international forward has been attracting attention this season, having scored nine times for the Ligue 1 outfit, and is being lined up as a potential target by a number of other clubs across the continent.

La Liga side Real Sociedad are one such club, according to local source Noticias de Gipuzkoa, as cited by Sport Witness, who also claims the Spaniards will face serious competition for Kamano’s signature.

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Southampton, as well as Atletico Madrid, are interested in signing the forward, valued at €15-20million. While the Spanish capital side have been watching Kamano this season, Saints reportedly ‘came close’ to signing him in January, as did AS Monaco, and both could return with offers this summer.

Southampton had seen their name linked with Kamano as early as November, and a move in January could have been scuppered by Bordeaux, with the French club adamant that they wouldn’t let their man leave midway through the season.

Watford were also linked in January, and could also prove to be summer competition for Southampton if the Saints maintain their interest in the 22-year old.

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