Southampton reportedly had an offer turned down by Dinamo Zagreb for 22-year-old attacking midfielder Amer Gojak.
Mundo Deportivo report via Sport Witness that both the Saints and West Ham submitted offers for the Bosnian international, however, the Croatian side turned down both bids as they had no intention of selling him.
The report also claims that the midfielder has continued to impress for the Croat giants since the start of the season, with scouts from Barcelona in attendance for Zagreb’s defeat to Manchester City this week to watch Gojak.
The playmaker has flourished since moving to Croatia in 2015, where Bosnian outlet BNM compared Gojak to that of Luka Modric during his time with Zagreb, with the current Ballon D’Or holder making his name at Zagreb before eventually moving on to Tottenham and then Real Madrid.
With Gojak impressing in the Champions League this season with the 22-year-old two goals in the qualifying stages of the competition as numbers from Transfermarkt show, the Bosnian midfielder will seemingly be a sought after talent with some big clubs now eyeing him as reported in Spain, yet Southampton should remain confident.
The Saints, over the years, have proven to be a great stepping stone for players looking to make a name for themselves in Europe, with the likes of Sadio Mane and Dusan Tadic going on to thrive at the likes of Liverpool and Ajax after spells at Southampton, and a similar story could unfold for Gojak.
The youngster has proven this season in the Champions League to have the confidence and quality to play amongst Europe’s best, and if Southampton plays their cards right, they could be the lucky club that lands the Bosnian international that has been so highly talked up in his native country.