Southampton target Salzburg star after missing out on fellow midfielder Maddison

Southampton are lining up a move for Red Bull Salzburg’s hot prospect Amadou Haidara.

Mark Hughes suffered a transfer blow this week when Norwich playmaker James Maddison opted for Leicester over a move to St Mary’s.

But the Saints’ new permanent boss has other midfielders in his sights including Haidara, the 20 year-old Malian who is valued at around £15million and was one of Salzburg’s standout stars last season.

Haidara made 46 appearances in his breakthrough season to help them win the Austrian league and reach the Europa League semi-finals.

He is primarily a central midfielder, but has also been deployed out wide.

Salzburg have an impressive track record of helping develop youngsters and Haidara is one of the next off the conveyor belt.

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Liverpool-bound midfielder Naby Keita and Anfield forward Sadio Mane have both had spells at Salzburg before going onto bigger things.

Haidara has been identified by Salzburg’s sister club Red Bull Leipzig as a potential replacement for Keita, who joins Liverpool this summer, and has also been watched by Tottenham.

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