Wolfsburg forward Bas Dost has said Southampton would be “a good club” for him to join as he ponder the next move in his career.
The 27-year-old Netherlands international, who was a long-term target for Newcastle, looks set to leave Wolfsburg this summer.
The Bundesliga side are looking to sign Juventus forward Simone Zaza and that could signal the departure of Dost, who scored 14 goals in 22 Bundesliga starts last season.
“That would be a good club for me,” Dost told Dutch magazine Helden when asked about Saints. “But I don’t know if that club is realistic for me right now.
“It’s a nice club, that’s all I can say.”
He said his aim was to start a new chapter in his career, “within Germany or to England” and added: “I want to show what can I do.”
Dost, who moved from Heereneveen to Wolfsburg in the summer of 2012 for £5million, has one year to run on his contract at the Volkswagen Arena.
Last summer Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs claimed Dost was unlikely to leave unless the club received an offers approaching £30million, but with just 12 months remaining on his contract it’s understood the Lower Saxony club now will take less than half of that for the 6ft 5in forward.
Southampton, who look set to sell Sadio Mane to Liverpool, are still without a new coach following Ronald Koeman’s depsrture to Everton, but they are closing in on the appointment of former Nice boss Claude Puel.