According to Le10sport, Southampton tried to hijack West Ham United’s deadline day move for Mohamed Simakan with the player ultimately staying at Strasbourg.
The 20-year-old central defender was heavily linked with a move during the transfer window.
A report back in May from RMC claimed both Everton and Tottenham Hotspur were heading Premier League interest with clubs from Spain and Italy also keen.
But as deadline day approached, another Premier League club made their move.
Le10sport claim West Ham United offered £15.5 million for him, while Southampton also made a late approach as they looked to hijack the Hammers’ bid.
Ultimately, Strasbourg wanted £18 million, and a deal never materialised.
The French editorial goes on to add that Simakan wanted to move to the Premier League, but now he will have to wait until January to get another chance.
West Ham, after a disappointing first two Premier League games, have picked up following impressive wins over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City.
Scoring goals hasn’t been an issue. However, manager David Moyes wanted to strengthen his centre-back options after bringing in right-back Vladimir Coufal.
Simakan, who stands at 6ft 2inch, would have been ideal. The youngster is quick, strong in the air and good on the ball while possessing plenty of potential.
Southampton, meanwhile, added Mohammed Salisu to their defensive ranks but the Saints may have been after more options following the exits of Christoph Klarer and Wesley Hoedt.