Newcastle are interested in signing Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina this summer, according to The Guardian.
Ed Aarons reports that ourselves and West Ham have made contact with the player’s entourage after being impressed by his performances during a loan spell at Fulham this season.
The Guardian claim that Scott Parker’s side have an option to sign him on a permanent deal this summer, but will opt against signing the Gabon international if they suffer relegation.
Here’s a snippet from the piece itself, which claims the 27-year-old will be available for £7m:
West Ham and Newcastle are interested in signing Mario Lemina from Southampton, with the Gabon international understood to be available for £7m.
The 27-year-old has made 17 Premier League starts so far this season during his loan spell with Fulham, who have an option to make his transfer permanent in the summer. But with Scott Parker’s side seven points adrift of safety and just five matches remaining, they face a struggle to remain in the Premier League.
Lemina’s impressive performances at Craven Cottage have alerted West Ham and Newcastle, with initial contact over a potential transfer having been made with his entourage.
It is understood that he is not part of manager Ralph Hasenhüttl’s plans for next season and will be allowed to leave for around £7m.
Lemina hasn’t played for Southampton since May 2019 after spending last season on loan with Galatasaray.
The former Juventus midfielder cost the Saints £15.4m – a then club record fee – almost four years ago, but doesn’t appear to be in Ralph Hasenhüttl’s plans.
An explosive midfielder on his day with plenty ability, however I would like to see us focus our attentions on Joe Willock if it’s a case of one or the other this summer!