By Wayne Veysey

9th Apr, 2019 | 12:30pm

Exclusive: Southampton set sights on signing defender as he undergoes trial

EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Southampton have set their sights on signing Shrewsbury Town teenage defender Rhys Davies, Football Insider understands.

Left-back Davies, who is the son of former Crystal Palace and Reading defender Gareth Davies, was invited for a trial at Southampton last week and has impressed the club’s coaching staff.

A club source has told Football Insider that Davies has caught the eye of several Premier League and Championship clubs this season after starring on two loan spells away from Shrewsbury.

The 17-year-old spent the first half of this season on loan at Nuneaton Borough in the Conference North and he is currently on loan at Chippenham Town in the Conference South so that he can gain valuable first-team experience.

Shrewsbury have high hopes for Davies, but are aware that the defender’s impressive performances on loan have brought him to the attention of several Premier League and Championship clubs.

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The source added that the League One outfit are bracing themselves for several offers for the full-back this summer.

In other Southampton news, it can be REVEALED that Leeds United have beaten the Saints to an attacker signing after agreeing terms.