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The left-back, who impressed at the World Cup, is also attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool but Saints are keen to trump other potential suitors

By William Joyce

Southampton have made a £12 million bid for Argentina left-back Marcos Rojo, Goal can reveal.

Goal exclusively revealed Ronald Koeman's initial interest in the Sporting Lisbon defender - who can also play at centre-back - earlier in July as the club look for a replacement for Luke Shaw.

The club have already secured the signing of Ryan Bertrand on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea, but Koeman is keen to press ahead with a bid for the 24-year-old.

Rojo himself has revealed he could be open to any move if the price is right, giving Southampton some hope that they could persuade the World Cup star to switch to St Mary's.

"Everyone has a price," said 24-year-old Rojo.

"If a good deal arrives, then I’m sure I will sit down with the club and evaluate things."

Southampton are trying to push through a quick deal for Rojo in order to fend of interest from elsewhere in the Premier League.

Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are all keeping tabs on Rojo's situation but the south-cost side are keen to better other potential suitors.

There is also interest from La Liga and the Bundesliga, but a move to England is Rojo's priority according to sources close to the player.