Southampton boss Claude Puel has set his sights set on a January move for Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie, according to the Daily Mirror.
The highly-rated 19-year-old has also attracted the attention of Schalke, Monaco, Napoli and Juventus after impressing for his club.
Ivory Coast international Kessie has played nine times for his club in Serie A this season, scoring four times.
The teenager has previously been the subject of interest from Arsenal, with his agent confirming the Gunners’ interest in April this year.
George Atangana told The Sun: “Arsenal have sent scouts to watch him twice.
“All the big clubs in Italy rate him and he’s got a lot of foreign interest as well.”
It was reported that Sunderland almost signed Kessie during the summer only for a work permit issue to prevent the switch.