The Saints want AS Monaco legend to replace Ronald Koeman
Southampton have identified AS Monaco legend and former Lille boss Claude Puel as their main target to replace Ronald Koeman as manager.
Koeman left his role as Saints boss to take over at Everton, following Roberto Martinez’s sacking, leaving the south coast club desperately looking for a replacement, ahead of pre-season.
Puel is currently in talks with the club, after being left without a club – having ended a four-year spell as Nice boss earlier this summer – having previously guided AS Monaco to the Ligue 1 title back in 2000.
The 54-year-old enjoyed a fine six years as manager of Lille, before being named the boss of Lyon in 2008 and guiding his side to their first ever Champions League semi-final two years later.
However, Puel was sacked the following season; having failed to make a serious title challenge during his three-year spell in charge.
AFC Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, Walter Zenga and Vitor Pereira have also been linked with the Saints’ managerial vacancy.