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Southampton could replace Van Dijk with Bensebaini

Premier League side Southampton could turn to Ramy Bensebaini as a replacement for Virgil Van Dijk, according to French media Mercato 365.

Van Dijk joined Liverpool for a huge amount of £75million, which became the world record transfer fee for a defender, and Southampton have identified Bensebaini as a potential replacement.

L’Equipe

Bensebaini has struggled to get a run of games in the Rennes team since the departure of manager Christian Gourcuff, and the French side could sell him in order to make a profit.

The Algerian international came through the Paradou academy system, and is now a regular central defender for the national team since performing well at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Although the 22-year-old’s contract runs until 2020, the coast club may look to sign him in the January transfer window as the Saints are struggling to pick up points this season in the Premier League.

Southampton have had plenty of North African footballers in their ranks before, such as Algerian footballing legend Djamel Belmadi and Tunisian star Radhi Jaidi who is now a coach there.

Bensebaini would bring some much-needed height to the Southampton defence, and he is a real threat from set pieces when attacking making him a valuable addition in both boxes.

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