Southampton struggled to stay in the Premier League last season
Southampton are set to make their first summer transfer signing with a deal for Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong close.
Mark Hughes’ men battled against relegation in the Premier League last season and he is eager to add more quality to his squad.
Scotland international Armstrong is now poised to join the Saints in a deal worth around £7million.
He is understood to have completed his medical with the south coast club on Monday and will become Hughes’ first signing since he replaced Mauricio Pellegrino in March.
After progressing through Dundee United’s youth system, Armstrong, who has made six senior appearances for Scotland, joined Celtic in 2015 and has helped the club win back-to-back domestic trebles.
Southampton narrowly avoided the drop last season – they finished one place above the bottom three – after winning 1-0 at relegation rivals Swansea in their penultimate match.