Saints plot Valencia raid

Southampton are planning a deadline day raid on Valencia for defender Martin Montoya.

The former Barcelona right-back made 25 league appearances for Los Che last season but has made it known he would prefer a move away from Mestalla.

Reports in Spain suggest Montoya prefers a transfer to Real Betis, who have made enquiries over his availability, but Southampton are hoping to tempt him into a last-minute switch to the Premier League, despite the Andalusians having until the end of the month to sign him.

Brighton are also understood to be keen on the 27-year-old, who spent 16 years with Barca after coming through the ranks at La Masia following his arrival as a nine-year-old.

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