Vitinha: Southampton’s pursuit of Portuguese striker in doubt after late Marseille bid | Transfer Centre News

Marseille have come in for Vitinha, putting Southampton’s move for the Braga striker in doubt.

The player is considering his options amid Marseille’s advance.

Vitinha has a release clause of more than £26m which both clubs are prepared to pay.

The decision is now down to the player.

Manager Nathan Jones has said on multiple occasions over the past week they would like to “add potency” to their attack.

The club’s search for a striker stretches back to last summer when they were unable to land any of their targets and that search looks set to rumble on late into Deadline Day.

Southampton also have an interest in Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, who has scored 69 goals in 160 appearances for the French club.

Are Brighton also in the race?

Fabinho holds his head after fouling Brighton’s Evan Ferguson

Brighton considered a late bid for Vitinha amid concerns over an injury to in-form teenage striker Evan Ferguson during Sunday’s FA Cup victory over Liverpool.

Ferguson left the Amex Stadium on crutches following a reckless challenge from Fabinho. The Liverpool midfielder received a yellow card but the PGMOL has accepted that the Brazilian should have been sent off.

However, the injury is not thought to be too severe and Brighton have opted against pursuing Vitinha.

Sulemana opts for Saints

Kamaldeen Sulemana has chosen to join Southampton.

Talks remain ongoing with Rennes to finalise a deal for the 20-year-old winger.

There is confidence on all sides this will be done and he can then travel from France to the UK to undergo a medical.

The player had interest from other clubs including Everton.

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