Former Manchester United star Adnan Januzaj is attracting strong interest from Southampton and Brighton ahead of the January transfer window, according to reports in Belgium.
Januzaj, 25, now playing for Real Sociedad, has made just two starts in La Liga since the start of the season and is in danger of missing out on a place in Belgium’s squad for the delayed European Championships next summer.
The 25-year-old last played for the national side over a year ago but could be offered an escape route out of Real Sociedad this winter which may, in turn, provide a path back into Roberto Martinez’s plans.
According to HLN, Premier League duo Southampton and Brighton are keeping close tabs on the situation and a deal could be struck for as little as €25m (£22.5m), despite Januzaj having a €60m (£54m) release clause in his contract.
However, Sociedad are in no rush to part with Januzaj and have already knocked back approaches from AC Milan and Roma to take the winger on loan.
The report claims the Spanish outfit are even looking to extend Januzaj’s current deal, which is due to expire in 2022.
Januzaj emerged from Manchester United’s academy with a stellar reputation back in 2013 but struggled to fulfil his early potential at Old Trafford and was sent out on separate loans to Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland before joining Sociedad three years ago.
The Saints brought in Ibrahima Diallo, Kyle Walker-Peters, Mohammed Salisu for a total of around £35m in the summer, with Theo Walcott arriving on loan from Everton.
Brighton, meanwhile, signed Adam Lallana and Danny Welbeck on free transfers and Jakub Moder, Michal Karbownik, Andi Zeqiri, Jan Paul van Hecke and Joel Veltman completed permanent moves to the south coast for a combined fee of under £15m.