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Manchester United target Jose Fonte hands in transfer request at Southampton

Jose Fonte hands in transfer request

Southampton captain Jose Fonte has handed in a transfer request.

The Portuguese centre back has been a rock-like figure for Saints for the past 7 years, but it seems he now feels it’s time to seek pastures new.

At 33, he’s not getting any younger, and probably wants to seize his final chance to play for a bigger club.

Southampton director of football Les Reed told BBC Radio Solent:

‘He’s had several opportunities to improve the contract situation. He’s reserved his right not to do that,” .

“He’s made it very clear he would like to explore the opportunities for a transfer.

“That’s where we are at the moment, Jose wants to leave the club. He’s formally asked for a transfer.”

Man United to make a bid?

The Portuguese centre-half has been on the radar of the Premier League’s big boy for some time now, and was reportedly the subject of a bid from Manchester United last summer.

And given United are still on the hunt for a centre-half, they could well make a bid for the Portuguese this month.

They’re reportedly still weighing up a bid for Benfica’s young centre-half Victor Lindelof, but Fonte would be a ready-made, tried and tested signing.

Without it being said in so many words, this is a clear ‘Come and Get Me Plea’ from Fonte to the Red Devils.

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