Southampton battling CL outfit in transfer war for playmaking contract rebel

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Updated: July 5, 2016

According to reports from Estadio Deportivo, Southampton are in the running to sign Anderlecht midfielder Dennis Praet during the summer transfer window.

Praet is just 22 years of age but has already made 178 senior appearances for Anderlecht, lifting three Pro League titles and netting 25 times across all competitions.

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According to Estadio Deportivo, the one-cap Belgium international has made it clear he won’t sign a new contract at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, with his current terms due to expire at the end of next season.

It’s claimed agency ‘Stellar Group’ are trying to broker a transfer deal with Southampton, whose recruitment in the transfer market has been nothing short of exceptional in recent years.

However, Praet’s favoured destination remains Sevilla, who can offer him instant Champions League football after winning a third successive Europa League title at the end of next season.

Serie A outfit Fiorentina are also said to be interested in the attacking midfielder.