Southampton's Cedric Soares closing in on loan move to Internazionale

Cedric Soares celebrates during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Manchester United.
Image: Cedric Soares has played 18 Premier League matches this season

Internazionale are in advanced talks with Southampton over a loan deal for right-back Cedric Soares, Sky Sports News understands.

The two clubs are also discussing the option of a permanent deal being inserted into the loan, which can be triggered in the summer.

Soares has barely been given a game by new Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, who has preferred youngster Yan Valery - a £50,000 signing from Rennes.

Inter are understood to be looking at loans this month in order to comply with their Financial Fair Play obligations.

Soares - a 27-year-old Portugal international - has played 18 Premier League games for the Saints this season, but suffered a calf strain in December, which ruled him out for most of the month.

He returned in the draw against Chelsea on January 2, playing 90 minutes, but was benched for Southampton's last two games - the back-to-back wins over Leicester and Everton.

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Highlights from Southampton's 2-1 win over Everton in the Premier League

The right-back signed for Southampton in 2015, and has made a total of 104 top-flight appearances for the club.

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Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has hinted he plans on trimming his squad in the January transfer window, saying he prefers working with fewer players.

Southampton have already sold Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini to Sampdoria, while Wesley Hoedt joined Celta Vigo on loan and Adam Parkes moved to Watford on a free transfer.

Elsewhere, Southampton are among multiple Premier League clubs monitoring exciting Leeds winger Jack Clarke, Sky Sports News understands.

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