Southampton closing in on loan move for Atletico Madrid's Toby Alderweireld
Southampton are "confident" of tying up a loan deal for Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld, sources have told ESPN FC.
Saints manager Ronald Koeman is keen to bolster his defensive options after a summer that has seen the departures of Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw, with the experienced Alderweireld one of his top targets.
The 25-year-old can play in the centre of defence or at right-back, while he made an appearance in last season's Champions League final as well as representing Belgium at the World Cup.
However, he has not been a regular starter under Atletico coach Diego Simeone since moving to the Spanish capital last year and has been regularly linked with a summer exit.
Newcastle are also reportedly interested in Alderweireld, but Southampton appear to be favourites to sign him.