Southampton are ready to boost their survival bid with a £10m offer for Inter Milan youngster Philippe Coutinho, according to sources in Italy.
The newly-promoted side, who currently sit one place above 18th-placed Aston Villa by virtue of their goal difference, raided Serie A back in the summer when they signed Gaston Ramirez from Bologna.
And now manager Nigel Adkins has targeted Coutinho, who has become a peripheral figure at the San Siro this season, having managed just three league starts.
The promising Brazilian midfielder was hailed as a future star when he made his Inter debut in 2010, but the club are now considering selling him in order to fund bids for other players.
Southampton will face competition for his signature though, as Aston Villa are also tracking him.