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Southampton want Yann Karamoh aka the ‘new Kylian Mbappe’ to join from Caen in an £8.75million deal this summer

New boss Mauricio Pellegrino desperate for star's contract dispute to be resolved as he hunts Jay Rodriguez replacement

Southamtpon want Yann Karamoh’s contract row resolved to launch an £8.75million bid for the next Kylian Mbappe.

Karamoh, 18, has a year left on his contract at Caen and the French club wants to cash in on the forward.

Yann Karamoh is wanted by Southampton this summer

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Yann Karamoh is wanted by Southampton this summer

The Caen striker has just one year left on his current deal

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The Caen striker has just one year left on his current deal

The teenager, who is being represented by a lawyer, has been advised to run down the final year of his current terms to maximise a deal on a free.

But there are Premier League clubs willing to take him this summer and the youngster is eyeing a move to England, with Caen wanting to sell.

Everton and West Brom have kept tabs on his progress after Karamoh became a first-team regular.

And Arsenal have also been linked with the youngster, although Southampton are leading the chase for him and are likely to offer him a pathway straight to the Mauricio Pellegrino’s first team.

Karamoh plays for France Under-21 and scored five times last season from the right wing.

He can also operate as a striker which has led to comparisons with £100m-rated Mbappe at Monaco.

Karamoh has been compared to Monaco and France star Kylian Mbappe

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Karamoh has been compared to Monaco and France star Kylian Mbappe

The attacker is valued at around £8.75m by his club

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The attacker is valued at around £8.75m by his club

Karamoh would come in as a replacement for Jay Rodriguez, who has joined West Brom.

The versatile forward bagged the Saints £15m and will be hoping to reboot his career at the Hawthorns.

Karamoh would arrive as a replacement for now-West Brom star Jay Rodriguez

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Karamoh would arrive as a replacement for now-West Brom star Jay Rodriguez

New boss Mauricio Pellegrino is keen to make some new signings

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New boss Mauricio Pellegrino is keen to make some new signings

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