Besiktas’ pursuit of Mohamed Elyounousi has been well documented in recent weeks, but according to fresh claims from Turkey, one of his teammates has been identified as a target for the Super Lig side.

Mario Lemina, who has been angling for a move away from Southampton, is being linked with a surprise switch to Turkey. According to TRT Spor, the Gabon international is wanted before the European transfer window slams shut in just over a week.

Lemina is not in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s plans, and as such, he is welcome to pursue a move abroad, with Besiktas emerging as potential suitors.

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Well, it’s awfully nice of Besiktas to try and rid our squad of its deadwood! With that being said, though, this one would be a rather strange move for Lemina. He’s inconsistent and injury-prone, but he is arguably capable of playing at a higher level than the Super Lig.

Numerous clubs have been linked with signing him, and in truth, it seems a little more likely that a return to France or Italy will be sealed; he surely won’t want to remove himself from the top five leagues of European football.

Lemina is running out of time to seal a move away from St Mary’s, though, and Saints are also up against it as they look to shift him from the wage bill. If a switch to Besiktas is the last resort, and the player himself is indeed interested, a deal has to be done.

Would Besiktas be a good move for Lemina?