Meet the man to replace Morgan Schneiderlin at Southampton

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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman appears resigned to losing Morgan Schneiderlin this summer and is rumoured to have already found his replacement.

The Frenchman is wanted by a host of clubs including Arsenal and Tottenham and Koeman is said to have prepared a £5m bid for Legia Warsaw ace Ondrej Duda in case the midfielder gets his way.

Slovenia international Duda has enjoyed a solid season in the Polish top flight, contributing eight goals from 31 appearances for the Wojskowi.

Ironically, Arsenal and Spurs have also been linked with the 20-year-old but the fact that both clubs have placed Schneiderlin higher on their list of priorities means Koeman should have a clear run at the midfielder.

A creative influence in the middle of the park, Duda has drawn comparisons with some top-rated South American talent in recent months, earning him nicknames like Dudinho and Ondrej Di Maria.

Check out Duda doing his thing for Legia:

Saints are currently sitting in seventh place in the Premier League table, just four points behind Liverpool and potential European qualification.

Next up for the St Mary’s club is a trip to face in-form but relegation-threatened Leicester.
The bookies are struggling to separates Southampton and Nigel Pearson’s Foxes, with both clubs priced up at 17/10 to secure all three points.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.