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Report: Southampton reaches deal to sign Monaco's Carrillo

Monaco's Argentinian forward Guido Carrillo (R) fights for the ball with Nice's Brazilian defender Dante (L) during the French League Cup football match between Nice and Monaco at The 'Allianz Riviera' Stadium in Nice on January 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE

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Southampton is on the verge of boosting its attack with the acquisition of Guido Carrillo from AS Monaco.

After initially failing to persuade Monaco to sell the Argentine forward last week, the Saints successfully submitted a bid of £19.1 million (€22 million) that convinced the defending Ligue 1 champion to part ways with Carrillo, according to Danny Gallagher if Sky Sports.

The agreement follows Southampton’s failed efforts to reunite with Theo Walcott, who left Arsenal to join Everton last week despite Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino revealing his club did everything possible to sign the winger.

That led Southampton to target Carrillo, but Monaco was quick to reject the Premier League club’s £17.6-million offer last week.

Carrillo’s reported move to the Premier League will see him reunite with Pellegrino, who previously coached the 26-year-old at Estudiantes in Argentina’s Primera Division.

The forward has scored just four goals while appearing primarily as a substitute in 15 Ligue 1 appearances this season.

After paying the fee to Monaco, Southampton still has plenty of funds left over from its £75-million sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool earlier this month that could be used for more January signings.

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