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Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly was once sought after by Southampton, according to Sky Sports football expert Charlie Nicholas.


The Elephants centre-back moved to the Premier League in the European summer when he signed a deal with Manchester United.


But before he became a Red Devils player, Bailly was reportedly on the wish list of Southampton, according to Nicholas.


“A former teammate of mine from Aberdeen is one of their Spanish scouts and he identifies Spain and Portugal, and he was telling me, Southampton have more scouts than anybody else touring Europe,” the pundit told Soccer Saturday.


“They nearly bought Eric Bailly, who went to Man United. They ended up not buying him because they decided to sign Virgil van Dijk. They are very clever.


“They have every angle covered and they have that sensational academy too so you couldn’t get a better balance than what they have.”

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