Saints pursuing deal for utility man

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Southampton will reportedly face stiff competition for the signature of Bolton utility man Luca Connell next summer.

Southampton will reportedly face stiff competition for the signature of Bolton utility man Luca Connell next summer.

The 17-year-old is attracting interest from the top flight and Brighton are also understood to be keeping tabs on his development.

As Bolton battle for survival in the Championship, Connell has established himself as a key figure over recent weeks.

Connell made his Championship debut in January against Reading and has gone on to feature in a further two games.

Bolton are keen to tie down the midfielder, who can also play in defence, to a new contract, however they could be tempted into a sale if they drop down to League One.

Reports claim Brighton and Southampton failed with bids in January and are expected to return for his signature over the summer.

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