Last Updated: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:58
Southampton have reportedly launched an ambitious £7.6million move for Valencia midfielder Ever Banega.
Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino has tabled a bid for the Argentina international, according to the Mirror, as he attempts to strengthen his squad ahead of the new campaign.
Pochettino has been handed a big budget this summer and is keen to bolster his options in midfield.
The 24-year-old joined Valencia in 2008 from Boca Juniors but could be convinced to move on this summer.
It has been reported that Saints have launched a £7.6million for Banega, who has been capped 17 times by his country, and a deal could be completed in the coming days.
Pochettino is keen to do his business early this summer having already snapped up defender Dejan Lovren from Lyon, while reports suggest Saints are also keen on Celtic striker Gary Hooper.
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