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Southampton have surprise company in chase for £9m star

Jack Rodwell It seems the mass exodus at Southampton has slowed down somewhat and the Saints fans in the Football Transfer Tavern are now excited to see who is coming in.

And according to the Daily Star, the south coast club are interested in signing Manchester City outcast Jack Rodwell.

It is believed the Citizens will hold out for £9 million for the former Everton midfielder and the Saints look to have some surprise competition in the race for Rodwell.

Italian outfit Napoli are also interested in signing the 23-year-old who moved to the Etihad Stadium for £12 million two seasons ago.

Reports suggest that Napoli boss Rafael Benitez has been tracking the English midfielder all summer and is expected to make a bid as he tries to improve on last season’s third-placed finish in Serie A.

But new Saints boss Ronald Koeman, who wants to play a possession game on the south coast, reckons the talented Rodwell fits his bill perfectly.

And with £90 million in the transfer kitty, there are not many clubs that can compete with the south coast club right now.

Southampton fans. You have the money in the bank but now it is time to decide how to spend it. Is Rodwell worth the £9 million being touted? Let us know your thoughts below.

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