Southampton keen to sign young Manchester City defender Issa Kabore on a season-long loan

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Southampton are keen to sign young Manchester City defender Issa Kabore on a season-long loan after his impressive spell at Troyes last season amid interest from Nottingham Forest

  • Southampton have investigated a loan deal for Issa Kabore from Man City
  • The 21-year-old defender impressed with French club Troyes on loan last season
  • The Burkinabe international made 31 appearances as he escaped relegation
  • Kabore originally joined City for £4m in 2020 but has yet to be introduced

Southampton have made a new loan inquiry into Manchester City right-back Issa Kabore.

The 21-year-old impressed Troyes at City Football Group side on loan last season and now Saints are determined to snap up his signature.

The Burkinabe international made 31 appearances as the French side just escaped the Ligue 1 drop zone last campaign and have since returned to the Etihad to team up with their parent club.

Southampton investigated the loan signing of Issa Kabore from Manchester City

Kabore originally joined Pep Guardiola’s side for £4m in 2020 but has yet to play a single minute in a City shirt, instead spending the last two seasons on loan.

Southampton will be hoping City will want to send him on to help develop their game once again this campaign.

Although Saints know they will face competition to secure a deal, newly-promoted Nottingham Forest have already seen a £17m bid rejected for the youngster.

Kabore originally joined Pep Guardiola's side for £4m in 2020 but has yet to feature for City

Kabore originally joined Pep Guardiola’s side for £4m in 2020 but has yet to feature for City

The Saints’ interest comes after they also announced the appointment of Joe Shields as the club’s new senior recruitment manager.

Shields, 35, has spent the past nine years at Man City, where he was most recently responsible for recruitment and talent management at the academy.

Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side completed the signing of 18-year-old Belgian midfielder Romeo Lavia from Manchester City earlier this week, having also replaced City goalkeeper Gavin Bazanu.

Saints have also signed goalkeeper Mateusz Lis and defender Armel Bella-Kotchap so far this summer as they look to bolster their options ahead of the new Premier League season.

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