Saints face Juanpi fight

Saints face Juanpi fight

Southampton's hopes of signing Malaga midfielder Juanpi have been hit by the news the Spanish side have offered him a new contract.

The Venezuela international has been attracting attention from Premier League clubs with Saints believed to be leading the chase to sign him in the January transfer window.

However, the latest reports in Spain suggest Malaga have offered the 22-year-old a new contract that would extend his stay beyond his current deal, which expires in 2018, as they look to ward off interest in the rising star.

Southampton will hope he doesn't commit to a new deal before January as they had hoped an offer in the region of £18million would be enough to secure his services in the New Year.