Ligue 1

Southampton identify transfer replacement for Luke Shaw?

Luke ShawSouthampton fans in the Football Transfer Tavern have all but accepted that they will be unable to hold on to some of their brightest talents next season.

Luke Shaw has long been linked with a move away since bursting onto the scene and The Mirror claim that Southampton are already lining up Thimothee Kolodziejczak to replace the England international left back.

Kolodziejczak is currently impressing in Ligue 1 for Nice and it’s reported that Saints have already been in contact with regards to a ¬£6 million offer.

The 22-year-old broke through the ranks at Lyon before moving to Nice but it now seems he is destined for Southampton in place of the Manchester United-bound Shaw.

He’s known as Kolo in France and has played at all youth levels of the international spectrum and looks destined to be a regular for the French national team if his progression continues.

The loss of Shaw would obviously be a bitter blow for Saints fans but Kolodziejczak is of a similar playing style to the England international.

With experience at both left back and left midfield, he’s clearly a versatile and an exciting player, like Shaw, and Saints bosses are apparently keen to secure a deal with Nice’ president willing to sell.

Saints fans. Have you accepted that Luke Shaw is on his way out of Southampton and if so who do you want to replace him? Let us know your thoughts below.

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