Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhutl is believed to be targeting a move for Sampdoria defender Bartosz Berezynski, according to Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX.

The Polish defender looks set to be allowed to leave the Serie A club this summer, although the Saints are joined by Scottish champions Celtic in showing an interest in him.

Despite playing 28 times in the league for Sampdoria last term, the Italian side need to sell in order to raise funds to buy new players of their own and  Berezynski is one of the current stars who could depart.

The 28-year-old is equally adept at playing either as a right-back or a centre-half and would provide much-needed versatility to the manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s defensive options.

Yan Valery made just 11 appearances in the Premier League during 2019/20 after suffering a dip in form.

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Having already sealed the arrival of Kyle Walker-Peters from Tottenham, if the Saints can pull off this deal, the Austrian boss would almost certainly be happy with his early work.

The 22 times capped Polish international arrived at Sampdoria for just £1.8 million from Legia Warsaw in 2017, it is likely they will want a profit on this fee, however, that shouldn’t prove too much of a stretch for Southampton.

With vast top-level experience including Europa League football, Berezynski and his added versatility could be the perfect addition to the Saints’ squad.