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Southampton Confirm Interest In Top Class Trio

St Mary’s side set sights high.

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Southampton boss Maurcio Pochettino is keen to continue his summer spending having already brought in £8.5m defender Dejan Lovren.

The Argentine manager has confirmed the identity of three top targets he hopes to follow Lovren to St Mary’s, all of whom will cost a fairly high sum.

Pochettino confirmed interest in Celtic youngster Victor Wanyama while also revealing that Valencia’s Ever Banega and Brazil international Leadro Damiao were also on his summer wish-list.

“We manage a lot of information about very good players,” the Saints boss said. “One of them is Damiao, also Banega and also Wanyama.

“We are managing the situation as well as we can at the moment.

“The main thing is that we as a club, Southampton, are managing when these negotiations happen so that is what is happening.

“We are managing when these players are going to be signed and how we sign them.

“Our goals are very clear. I am also not trapped by the fact that I said I wanted to have our transfer window closed by July 1.

“We are not interested in 15 or 20 players. We are interested in maybe two or three key players.

“At the same time, I also want to say our squad at the moment is really good and it is not like we are trapped in the sense that we need these players to be a better squad.

“Our squad as it is really good already, but we just want to bring in two or three players that reinforce key areas in the squad to become an even better team.”

The South Coast side will be looking to continue their upward trajectory having completed back to back promotions to secure a return to the top flight and finishing last season in 14th spot.

Pochettino took over from Nigel Adkins in January, initially to the consternation of Southampton fans who felt their former boss was harshly axed. The former Espanyol boss has seemingly won over the supporters who will hoping the Saints can continue to steer clear of the drop zone and look for a mid-table finish in 2013/14.

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