Saints are hoping to complete a deal for Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker-Peters this week, according to the printed edition of The Mirror (02/08), via HITC Sport.
The report suggested that the Saints are now in a rush to complete a deal, with West Ham manager David Moyes plotting a last-minute bid to hijack the deal.
The Englishman, who joined the south coast side in January on loan until the end of the recently completed season, has impressed Ralph Hasenhuttl since breaking into the side after the Premier League restart.
It has been widely reported that Southampton are looking to sign the right-back on a permanent basis, and a fee of around £12m could be enough to secure his signature.
Southampton are currently front runners to sign the 23-year-old and completing a deal is looking more and more likely.
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This will come as welcome news to Southampton fans, as many of them have been calling for the club to sign Walker-Peters on a permanent basis. He has been impressive since the restart, and for £12m, there are not many better alternatives available in that price range.
Since forcing himself into the first team after the restart, Walker-Peters eas a revelation in the Saints backline, and his performances obviously caught the eye of the Austrian manager.
Saints should definitely look to tie up a deal for the right-back before any Premier League rivals can hijack the deal.