Espanyol midfielder Joan Verdu is a reported target for Southampton.

Sky Sports suggests that the 29-year old Catalonian is being targeted by new Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino whom he played under at the Cornelia-El Prat prior to the Argentine's move to St Mary's.

Verdu has been with Espanyol since 2009 after kicking off his career with Barcelona and then moving onto Deportiva la Coruna in 2006.

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