SAINTS reportedly could sign young defender Joachim Kayi Sanda from Sport Republic sister club Valenciennes this summer. 

French division two side Valenciennes were the third club acquired by Sport Republic and Dragan Solak, following Goztepe.

They face relegation to the third division in France, currently sitting bottom of the league with 10 games to go, 11 points adrift of 19th.

However, 2006-born Kayi Sanda is captain of France's under-18s side and has played every minute of the last seven league fixtures. 

The centre-back has emerged with real credit and could make a transfer this summer to help with Valenciennes's finances. 

FootMercato report that Saints could sign the youngster to 'financially help' their sister club, in the first permanent move between the clubs.

Saints goalkeeper Mat Lis is currently on loan at Goztepe, helping the Turkish side in their quest for promotion back to the Super Lig.

The report adds there is interest in Kayi Sanda from other clubs, while no potential price tag is named in the report. 

Kayi Sanda is under contract at Valenciennes until June 2026, signing his first professional contract in September last year.

The advantage of the multi-club model means Saints are in the driving seat for any negotiations if they want the player.

Sport Republic took operational control of Valenciennes following the transfer of a majority stake in July last year. 

Saints are likely to be in the market for additional signings this summer regardless of what division they are in.

Academy recruiters have been active in bringing talent to play for the under-21s, including the likes of of Joe O'Brien-Whitmarsh from Cork City.