January 24, 2018 / 2:11 PM / a year ago

Southampton agree fee with Monaco for Carrillo - report

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Nantes vs Monaco - The Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau, Nantes, France - November 29, 2017 Monaco's Guido Carrillo REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

(Reuters) - Southampton have reached an agreement to sign Monaco’s Argentine striker Guido Carrillo, Sky Sports News reported on Wednesday, citing a source.

The report said the clubs had agreed a 22 million euro (19.26 million pounds) fee for the 26-year-old.

The Saints, who have slipped into the relegation zone, were this week named the 18th richest soccer club in the world, by accountancy firm Deloitte, but have struggled up front this season.

Charlie Austin, the team’s top scorer with six goals, is injured. His fellow forwards Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long have scored three and one, respectively, and Carrillo will boost manager Mauricio Pellegrino’s options up front.

The manager worked with Carrillo, who has scored five goals for Monaco this season, at Argentine club Estudiantes in 2015.

Southampton have money to spend after selling centre back Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for a reported 75 million pounds and Pellegrino said after that deal that the club would look to bring in three players, including a striker.

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru

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