Genk Defender Admits ‘Concrete’ Saints Interest

Genk Defender Admits ‘Concrete’ Saints Interest

Genk right-back Joakim Maehle says Saints’ January interest was “very concrete” but he isn’t sure if he will leave in the summer. The 21-year-old Danish defender has been labelled as one of the discoveries of the season in Belgian football, where he has 29 league and 13 Europa League starts for the club.

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Southampton were reported to have offered more than 11million euros for his signature in January when they were looking to replace Cedric Soares – but Genk refused. Maehle admits the interest from St Mary’s was serious, telling Danish newspaper BT: “I know it was very concrete but I don’t know how close a transfer was.

The club didn’t want to sell me. And I have no idea how much more money was needed to change their mind.” Clubs are expected to come back in for the Denmark Under-21 international again in the summer although Maehle is only open to a move to the right club. “I am not on course for a transfer,” he added. “But if there is interest from a club that I feel would be good for me, I will of course study it in detail.”

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