Atletico Madrid could be ready to cash in on Southampton target Luciano Vietto this January following the arrival of Diego Costa from Chelsea, according to reports in Spain.

The 23-year-old striker was one of the Saints’ top targets during the summer as they attempted to bolster their attacking options.

However, they were unable to lure the Argentinean to England and have struggled in front of goal during the first few months of the season.

Southampton have managed just five goals in their first seven Premier League games and it has been suggested that a new striker could be brought in when the window opens.

Again, Vietto is expected to be high on their wish list and, according to Marca, Atletico may be willing to do business.

The Spanish club will welcome Diego Costa back into their squad in January and Vietto, who has failed to score in five league appearances this term, could be the one to make way.

And now it has been reported that Atletico would then consider him surplus to requirements, which may open the door for Southampton to swoop.

Author: Yemi Olarinre