Saturday 22 September 2018

Saints set to buy Caceres from Juve

Claude Puel
Claude Puel

Southampton are closing in on the signing of former Juventus defender Martin Caceres.

The 29-year-old has been without a club since leaving the Serie A giants in the summer and is now set to bolster Saints' troubled backline.

Star turn Virgil van Dijk's injury compounded the January exit of captain Jose Fonte, causing a headache for Claude Puel (inset) as his side subsequently conceding 11 goals in the four matches in all competitions.

Caceres is now set to add much-needed experience to the defence, although the deal is still a few days from completion as a work permit and clearance is finalised. The Uruguay international has reportedly turned down interest from AC Milan and Crystal Palace, favouring a switch to the side who take on Manchester United in the League Cup final on February 26.

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