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Southampton reportedly agree transfer for Torino defender Lyanco

Saints appear to have found their replacement for Jannik Vestergaard

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Southampton have reportedly agreed a deal in principle to sign Torino central defender Lyanco.

Various outlets, including the Athletic, say talks between Saints and Serie A side Torino have moved quickly on Friday.

The 24-year-old Brazilian has been recognised as the player Southampton want to fill the defensive gap Jannik Vestergaard left after his departure to fellow Premier League side Leicester City.

Lyanco made 25 appearances for Torino in all competitions last season and 53 in total since signing for the club in 2017.

The 6 ft 2 in centre back started his career at Brazilian giants Sao Paulo before his move to Turin and has represented both Serbia and Brazil national teams at various youth levels.

Lyanco is reported to have attracted interest from Premier League newcomers Watford, as well as established La Liga sides Real Betis and Celta Vigo, during this ongoing transfer windows.

If Saints do sign the Brazilian, he will be Southampton’s fourth summer signing for its senior side, following Adam Armstrong, Tino Livramento and Romain Perraud’s moving to the club since July.