The other week, it was claimed that Southampton had an interest in Standard Liege midfielder Moussa Djenepo and that claim quickly morphed into a firm £20million offer already being on the table.
Those reports were quickly denied, however, with the club denying that any contact had been made at all.
To save overly repeating the story, I’ll copy it in.
It looked like a typical agent game to get their client some press and interest, but last week the story was back on the rumour mill and there were some direct quotes to lean on this time.
With the Jupiler Pro League title race now over, Michel Preud’homme, Liege’s manager, talked about the future of a few players, and the 20-year-old Mali international featured in his interview as relied via Sport Witness.
“When you see that a team like Southampton can make an offer of €22m for a player like him, it’s hard to say no. Has there been an offer? It’s close. There are noises, chats, contacts, but the offer in itself has yet to be confirmed.”
So it does appear there is an interest then, and a negotiation of some sort.