Southampton exploring record £25million bid to sign Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos, who’s also been linked with Newcastle and Wolves

Southampton are exploring a move for £25million rated Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos, talkSPORT understands. Saints are ready to beat their transfer record, which currently stands at £20m, to sign Ramos after sending scouts to Portugal. There’s a lot of interest in the 21-year-old, who’s made a promising start to the seasonGetty However, it’s understood Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men will have competition from other Premier League clubs with Newcastle and Wolves also being linked with the player. Ramos has been with Benfica since he was a boy but the start of this season has seen him play a more leading role up front with Darwin Nunez leaving to join Liverpool earlier this summer. The 21-year-old has made a bright start to the season, scoring five goals in five appearances in all competitions. However, a deal may not happen until the final week of the transfer window with Benfica still to play the second leg of their Champions League play-off against Dynamo Kyiv. If Southampton were to land him he’d be their eighth signing of the summer but Joe Aribo is the only player to arrive who’s over the age of 21. The south coast club have also been linked with a move for Manchester United midfielder James Garner. Hasenhuttl is still looking for new recruits with Southampton earning just a point from their opening two Premier League matches this seasonAFP Most read in Football transfers Man United target Felix and Pulisic, Ronaldo told to come clean, Alli to Besiktas new Sir Jim Ratcliffe 'wants to buy stake in Man United with view to taking full control' back Palace want to re-sign Wan-Bissaka and Man United will sanction move on one condition in play Jordan likes Coventry's 'potential' as he considers bid and hits back at Agbonlahor GER GREAT Alli urged to avoid dropping down 'two or three levels' and join Rangers clash Lacazette grabbed Cedric by throat in heated Arsenal training ground bust-up rejig Liverpool's XI against Man United with Nunez banned and Firmino and Jota out injured talent Rangers star 'should be in Premier League', says O'Hara, who he'd have at Tottenham talkSPORT understands Man United are open to offers of between £15-20m for Garner, who starred on loan at Nottingham Forest in the Championship last term. Offer Of The Day BET365 NEW CUSTOMERS: Bet £10 Get £50 in free bets* – CLAIM HERE PADDY POWER ALL CUSTOMERS: Bet £5 via the talkSPORT EDGE app with Paddy Power and get a £5 free bet – available to all customers* – CLAIM HERE Paddy Power All Customers: Place a £5 Sportsbook Bet through the talkSPORT EDGE app between the 1st and 31st August. Get a £5 free bet on the next Monday after your qualifying bet. T&C’s apply. 18+ Bet365: Open account offer. Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets for new customers at bet365. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply 18+ SEE ALL FREE BET OFFERS FOR NEW AND EXISTING CUSTOMERS HERE