St Mary’s side keen on Parkhead duo.
Southampton look to sign Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal
Southampton are believed to want to deploy Celtic enforcer Beram Kayal alongside former Rangers and Northern Ireland playmaker Steven Davis in the heart of their midfield as they prepare for their return to the top flight after a seven-year absence.
Manager Nigel Adkins, who is also keen to be reunited with Celtic’s top scorer, Gary Hooper, after working with the striker at Scunthorpe United, is an admirer of the Israeli international and could persuade the SPL champions to part with the 24 year-old by making an offer of £5 million.
With uncertainty surrounding the intentions of broadcast partners Sky to continue their involvement with the SPL following the decision to instal Rangers newco in the Third Division, the transfer market north of the border has been stagnant.
However, Celtic manager Neil Lennon, who signed Kayal from Maccabi Haifa for an undisclosed fee in July, 2010, would be able to utilise the fee from any sale to finance other transfers.
Saints boss Nigel Adkins, much like his fellow promoted boss’s at Upton Park and the Majedski Stadium, realises that in order to retain their position in the English top tier there needs to be significant investment in the squad that gained promotion to the Premier League.
Having already brought in impressive Championship pair Nathaniel Clyne and Jay Rodriguez from Crystal Palace and Burnley respectively, and snapped up Steven Davis from trouble Rangers, a move to capture this Celtic pair will certainly strongly improve the Southampton squad.
Israeli international Beram Kayal has enjoyed two very consistent SPL campaigns which though marred by some injury concerns, have shown the tigerish midfielder is more than able to make the leap to the Premier League. Celtic boss Neil Lennon will be loathed to lose the former Maccabi Haifa man but the allure of the English top tier is perhaps too strong to prevent an exit.
Celtic striker Gary Hooper made a big jump from Scunthorpe United to Parkhead look incredibly simple, scoring goals with alarming regularity and now Adkins is keen to further improve a Southampton strike-force that is already fairly strong.
The Harlow born 24 year old has netted 51 goals in two seasons, form that had led to calls of a possible call-up to both the Scottish, and slightly less likely, English international set-ups.
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