Adkins says deal is close.
Southampton boss Nigel Adkins says the deal to bring Bologna playmaker Gaston Ramirez to St Mary’s is nearly complete.
Liverpool, Inter Milan and Tottenham have all been linked with the 21-year-old this summer but Saints appear to have pulled off a coup as they near a £12m deal.
“Until the pieces of paper are signed you can never say it’s [the Ramirez deal] done, but the chairman is working exceptionally hard behind scenes, backing us in what we do,” Adkins is quoted as saying by the Independent.
“We are very ambitious and there is serious cash to be outlaid if it’s going to happen.”
Ramirez is rated as one of the most talented prospects in the Serie A and has scored 12 times in 58 appearances for Bologna since joining from his native Uruguay in 2010.
The creative midfielder can play out-wide or through the middle and is also known for being as set-piece specialist.
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