Southampton have agreed personal terms with Stade Brest defender Romain Perraud as they work on beating Leeds United to his signature, Football Insider has learned.
United have been most strongly linked with the left-back, 23, in recent months and were confident last month over reaching an agreement after “encouraging talks”.
But a recruitment source has told Football Insider that Southampton have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals as they look to secure a replacement for Ryan Bertrand.
Perraud has accepted the Saints’ contract offer and now they are trying to negotiate a fee with the Ligue 1 club.
Southampton signed Ibrahima Diallo from Brest in the summer window of last year and could now seal their second transfer with the club in consecutive years.
That would be a blow to Leeds, who have long been considered the favourites to land Perraud.
That was until Football Insider revealed on 1st June that the Yorkshire giants were experiencing frustration in talks with Brest.
They have subsequently been exploring alternative targets, including Huesca left-back Javi Galan. He has a release clause – reportedly £3.5million – that comes into effect this summer.
Perraud shone in 2020-21 during 36 league appearances for a Stade Brest side that narrowly avoided relegation, with three goals and an eyecatching seven assists from defence.
He is under contract at the French club until the summer of 2025 after signing a two-year contract extension in January.
Leeds have prioritised the signing of a new left-back in the upcoming transfer window even though Ezgjan Alioski could now stay beyond this summer.