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Southampton confident of winning race to sign £13m-rated Reims centre-back Axel Disasi this summer Reims defender Axel Disasi has emerged as a transfer target for Southampton Disasi impressed as Reims rose to sixth in the now-cancelled Ligue 1 table Saints have already agreed pay deferrals with playersamid coronavirus crisis Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Adrian Kajumba For Mailonline

Published: 19:05 BST, 1 May 2020 | Updated: 19:05 BST, 1 May 2020

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Southampton are hoping to beat their Premier League and European rivals to sign Reims defender Axel Disasi.

Southampton are keen on the rising centre-back Disasi, 22, who helped Reims finish sixth in the now-aborted French league and qualify for the Europa League.

Disasi was a key cog in the Reims rearguard that ended the season with the best defensive record, conceding just 21 goals in 28 games. Disasi started all but one of Reims league games.

A 6ft 3in defender who has caught the eye with his ball-playing qualities as much as his defensive attributes, Disasi who is valued at

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