Southampton keen to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to Biglia transfer

New Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino will look to make his mark on the Premier League club by beating both Arsenal and Liverpool to the signing of £8m-rated Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Biglia, 26, has not been shy in expressing his desire to leave Belgium, with the Mirror reporting he has effectively gone on strike in an attempt to force through his departure in the transfer window.

A compatriot of the Saints’ new Argentinean boss, Biglia is understood to be in South America awaiting offers from Premier League clubs, with Southampton, Arsenal and Liverpool not the only interested parties – West Ham United are said to be monitoring Biglia’s situation as well. But Pochettino could have the advantage of the rest after attempting to sign Biglia while he was in charge at Espanyol.

Biglia could be joined by another South American, this time striker Sebastian Fernandez, who has fallen out of favour at Malaga. A loan deal for the 27-year-old has been mooted, with a view to a permanent transfer at the end of the season if all sides are happy with the arrangement.

Pochettino, appointed last week to replace Nigel Adkins, oversaw his first match as Southampton manager on Monday evening, watching on as the south coast club drew 0-0 at home with Everton. Southampton are currently 15th, four points clear of relegation.

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