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After an impressive campaign which included a Europa League semi-final, the Austrian defender has revealed one of his compatriots has persuaded him to consider a switch to England

Several Premier League clubs have been put on red alert after highly-rated Basel defender Aleksandar Dragovic hinted at a possible summer switch to the top flight of English football.

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The Austria international has caught the eye of both Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino and Everton manager David Moyes with both coaches looking to improve their back lines over the summer break.

And now Dragovic, who suffered Europa League heartbreak in the semi-finals against Chelsea, revealed he has been in contact with compatriot and Aston Villa midfielder Andreas Weimann, who has made a move to England sound hugely appealing.

"I regularly speak to Andreas, who has told me a lot about how much he enjoys playing in England," the 22-year-old told The Sun.

"It’s competition at the highest level, which is what I'm looking for.”

Sporting director Georg Heitz has suggested, however, that anyone in the Premier League looking to capture the defender’s signature faces “a tough fight” to ensnare him.

Dragovic, though, seems keen on a move away from Basel and appears eager to test himself in the Premier League, which he believes is one of the most reputable in the world.

He added: "The fans are fantastic, and the clubs command a lot of respect around the world."

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