Southampton are thought to have made an offer for Troyes’ Bryan Mbeumo, according to a report by L’Equipe.
It is claimed the Saints, and Wolfsburg, have ‘submitted bids’ believed to be in the region of €7-8million (£6.2-7.1m).
However, it would seem there could be a problem in convincing the 19-year-old to leave Troyes this summer as he fears he may not get the minutes on the pitch that he needs to continue his development if he joins Southampton.
Mbeumo is a hugely attractive young prospect and excelled for the Ligue 2 outfit last season.
The teenager, who mainly played on the right-hand side of the attack, managed to record impressive figures of ten goals and three assists in his 35 matches in France’s second tier (Transfermarkt).
Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has a knack for getting the best out of young players and has proved it time over time during his spells as manager at Red Bull Leipzig and Southampton.
Taking the Premier League side into account, the Austrian manager managed to bring through Yan Valery, whilst also giving the likes of Callum Slattery his chance in the first-team.
Hasenhuttl has, in fact, given a number of Southampton academy players a chance in the senior side and has further emphasised the ideology he has in regards to using youth in his squads.
That should bode well for Mbeumo if he were to join Southampton as the evidence is already there to suggest that he would get the minutes he needs to continue with his own professional development.
Hasenhuttl has been busy this summer upgrading his squad as Moussa Djenepo has already been confirmed, whilst the St Mary’s Stadium outfit also continue their pursuit of Birmingham City striker Che Adams.