Southampton target Ntep ‘open to discussing January move’

Paul-Georges Ntep: Linked with Prem trio

Paul-Georges Ntep has hinted he is open to a move away from Rennes this winter if the Ligue 1 club decide to sell him.

The 24-year-old French-Cameroon star is out of contract at Rennes next summer and Italian publication Calciomercatoweb suggest the player is a target for Southampton, Lyon and Lazio.

Although his agent remains in talks with Rennes over a new deal, Ntep admits it’s not out of the question that he could also be sold in January.

Speaking to French channel beIN Sports, he said: “The president told me this summer that he wanted me to extend and I stay one more year to help the club, and especially to find my level, regain confidence.

“He said he was 100% behind me. Today, nothing is signed. I have not been distracted because I leave that to my agent and I do not worry.”

Ntep, however, insists he could leave the club in January, but it’s important to do well while he remains at the club.

He added: “If I have to continue, I will stay. If I have to leave in January, I will leave in January. I’m open to all possibilities.

“The important thing for me is to have a very good season as long as I’m here with Stade Rennes.”

The player, who has similar attributes to former Saints star Sadio Mane, was first linked with Southampton over the summer.

He has two caps for France and has scored 16 goals in 59 appearances for the Ligue 1 side.