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Man United make bid for Southampton winger

Sadio Mane is interesting Louis van Gaal. Credit: PA

Manchester United have made a bid for Southampton winger Sadio Mane.

Louis van Gaal is looking to add to his attacking options, especially now he has missed out on Barcelona Pedro.

The Senegal international impressed at Southampton last season, scoring ten goals for the club, after joining from Red Bull Salzburg.

Southampton, however, a reportedly claiming to have no received a formal offer for Mane.

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Former Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo joins Porto

Former Southampton forward Dani Osvaldo has completed a move to Porto, making the Primeira Liga outfit his fifth club in two years.

Osvaldo has replaced Jackson Martinez at Porto. Credit: PA

The 29-year-old Italy international has now moved to a new side, either on loan or for a permanent switch, in each of the last five transfer windows.

Osvaldo's talent, which was epitomised by a sublime goal against Manchester City in 2013/14, has never been in question but he has been dogged by off-field problems that led to him being exiled from St Mary's.

After loan spells at Juventus, Inter Milan and Boca Juniors, Southampton released their club record signing earlier this summer, freeing him up to sign for Porto.

The Portuguese side confirmed the switch on Twitter, with a photograph of the Argentinian-born striker holding a Porto shirt and a message saying: "Welcome Osvaldo."

Southampton complete signing of Cuco Martina

Martina is a natural right-back who can play across the back line. Credit: PA

Southampton have announced the signing of defender Cuco Martina from FC Twente for a fee believed to be around £3m.

The Curacao international has signed a two-year deal at St Mary's after boss Ronald Koeman revealed on Monday that a move for the 25-year-old was close.

With left-back Ryan Bertrand having undergone knee surgery, Martina will now link up with his new team-mates for a pre-season tour of Austria knowing there is a chance to establish himself in Koeman's side before the new Premier League season kicks off.

Southampton sign Portuguese international defender

Soares (right) won the Portuguese Cup last season. Credit: PA

Southampton have signed Portugal defender Cedric Soares on a four year contract from Sporting.

Right-back Soares, 23, played a pivotal role in Sporting's run to Portuguese Cup glory last season, and has represented Portugal's senior team four times.

He is an attack-minded player with plenty of pace who enjoys running with the ball in advanced positions.

The fee for Soares is thought to be around £4.6m and represents the clearest indication yet that Nathaniel Clyne will leave Southampton for either Liverpool or Man United.

He said:

I joined this club because I believe we can do better and better every year.

Southampton is a big, big club in England and is very respected. It's a club with a lot of history and, for me, it's very important to play for a big club.

The Saints, who finished seventh in the league last season, also signed Spanish striker Juanmi from Malaga on Tuesday.

– Portugal defender Cedric Soares

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Southampton forward Sadio Mané scores hat-trick in less than three minutes, breaks Premier League record

Southampton midfielder Sadio Mané scored the fastest-ever Premier League hat-trick against Aston Villa.

Mané completed his hat-trick in two minutes and 56 seconds as the Saints made a sensational start against Tim Sherwood's side at St Mary's Stadium.

The Senegal international's quickfire three-goal haul bettered the league's previous best of four minutes and 33 seconds set by Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler against Arsenal in 1994.

Mane was surprised to hear of his achievement after the match but insisted the result meant more after a run of four league matches without a win.

He told BT Sport: "It's great. But I think more important for me was the victory and we got that, so I'm happy for the team and the fans.

"We have a chance (to reach Europe) and we'll try to win the next game. It won't be easy but we'll keep going and try to win that next game.

"We have a great team.The last few weeks were not easy but we had to work every day and finally we got the victory."

Premier League line-ups: Southampton v Aston Villa

Here are the starting line-ups for the lunchtime Premier League match between Southampton and Aston Villa:

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