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Gillingham's Paulo Gazzaniga linked with £1m move to Southampton
1:40pm Tuesday 17th July 2012 in Saints News
SAINTS have again been linked with a move for Gillingham keeper Paulo Gazzaniga.
“It is fair to say we are going to need to bring another goalkeeper in as Bartosz [Bialkowski] did ever so well for us but didn’t play enough games,” Adkins said last Friday.
“We will bring another one if not two goalkeepers into the fold.”
Saints had a £6m offer turned down by Birmingham for Jack Butland are now reportedly eyeing the £1m-rated Gazzaniga.
The 19-year-old, who has also caught admiring glances from Everton, played for Gillingham for much of the second half of last season.
Gazzaniga has reportedly not travelled with the squad for a pre-season training camp, fuelling speculation he is close to completing a move.
Gillingham manager Martin Allen is hoping, if he does lose Gazzaniga, that he will be loaned back for next season.
He said: “He will be here at the start of the season and if there is a deal to be done then hopefully it will be with a view to keeping him here on loan, for one more year.
“That would be good for Paulo and obviously it would be good for this club because he is a good goalkeeper.
“Hopefully he can stay here for one more year and achieve something special at Gillingham before he moves on.
“It’s what the chairman is hoping to do.”