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Southampton transfers: Banega bid falters
7th August 2013 6:15pm BST
Southampton are struggling to match Valencia’s valuation of Ever Banega.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino was keen to sign the Spaniard this summer.
But, having already splashed out £20 million on Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren, the Saints chief cannot afford to spend a further £15m on Banega.
Valencia are refusing to lower their asking price for the midfielder, having already seen Roberto Soldado depart the club for Tottenham Hotspur.
The Saints may instead turn their attention to ex-Arsenal star Mathieu Flamini – who is currently a free agent.
The club were linked with a move for the 29-year-old earlier this summer, though their interest cooled when Wanyama signed.
However, having seen his bid for Banega falter, Pochettino could go back in for the Frenchman.