Southampton are on the cusp of shoring up the signing of Martin Caceres, after the former Barcelona and Juventus defender came through a medical today.
According to the Guardian, Caceres – a free agent since leaving Juve last summer – will reportedly sign for the Saints “in the next few days” pending the approval of a work permit.
Slightly short on centre-backs all of a sudden, Claude Puel is keen to bring in the 29-year-old free agent as immediate cover for the injured Virgil van Dijk and for Jose Fonte, who left to join West Ham a week or so ago.
Crystal Palace were also said to be harbouring an interest, but passed on a deal after Caceres failed to suitably impress during his trial period.
It may be move rooted in desperation more than anything else (Caceres is notoriously injury-prone himself), but Saints could definitely do worse than bringing in a 68-times capped international defender on the cheap.