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Southampton close in on £15m Schneiderlin replacement

St Mary’s side set to sign Marseille star.

Southampton are closing in on the signing of Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula according to the Daily Mirror.

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Imbula is seen by Ronald Koeman as an ideal replacement for Morgan Schneiderlin, who looks set to complete his move to Man United.

The south-coast side also look likely to lose Nathaniel Clyne to Liverpool and once again the St Mary’s outfit must prepare moves to replace a surfeit of top talents.

Last season Koeman worked wonders to secure a top seven finish, and a Europa League spot, despite having seen Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren all leave and may well be set for a similar exodus this summer.

Imbula looks set to be the latest player to leave Marseille with Andrew Ayew having left for Swansea City and keeper Steve Mandanda being linked with a move to replace Hugo Lloris at Tottenham.

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