Southampton want to sign Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini
Southampton are keen to land Gabbiadini, 25, before tomorrow’s transfer deadlne and have told Napoli to offer their response by this afternoon.
Saints manager Claude Puel has let his intentions be known at Napoli and is ready to make a firm offer for the forward.
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And Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia claim officials in Naples are to sit down with Gabbiadini to discuss the deal today.
According to the report, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis wants a guaranteed £17million up front for the player.
However, the club will also demand Southampton agree to achievement-related bonuses, which could greatly add to the value of the move.
Saints are said to have set a deadline of this afternoon so they have time to fly Gabbiadini over from Italy and complete his medical.
The Italian transfer window closes at 10pm UK time tomorrow, while the English one ends at 11pm.
But Serie A clubs can still sell players outside of their window so long as the receiving club’s window is open.