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Southampton and West Ham United have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Lille defender Simon Kjaer.

With plenty of experience after playing for Palermo, Wolfsburg and Roma, the 26-year-old is ready to leave the French side to play for a "top club" next season.

"I'll only leave if a top club wants me, this season or next," he was quoted as saying by Express Sport two months ago.

"Otherwise there is no reason to leave a club of Lille's means.

"If I do leave, stability will be important. The clubs who want me will need to show that they intend to rely on me in the long term.

"I have a status in Lille. The club believes in me and my family feels good here.

"I realised that I needed a coach who has confidence in me and listens to what I say. It is important to have a coach who understands you.

"That was not the case at Wolfsburg and that's why I didn't stay there."

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