Yoshida close to Saints move

  • Last Updated: August 29 2012, 16:51 BST

Southampton are reportedly on the brink of signing Japan defender Maya Yoshida from Dutch club VVV-Venlo.

Maya Yoshida: Set to sign for Saints

Saints boss Nigel Adkins completely dismissed the prospect of landing the 23-year-old after Saturday's Barclays Premier League defeat to Wigan.

But it is understood Southampton were poised to complete what is reportedly a £2million deal inside the next 24 hours.

The npower Championship runners-up are also eyeing three more signings before the transfer window closes on Friday night, on top of putting the finishing touches to a move for Bologna star Gaston Ramirez.

Prospective new team-mate Kelvin Davis has claimed the Ramirez raid proves the south-coast club mean business this season.

Saints returned to the Premier League this summer after a seven-year absence, but their campaign has yet to gather any momentum following back-to-back defeat.

Adkins has so far added Steve Davis, Nathaniel Clyne, Paulo Gazzaniga, Jay Rodriguez and Emmanuel Mayuka to his squad, but he hopes to do more business in the next 48 hours.