posted on Jan, 21 2005 @ 11:23 AM
St Etienne are on the brink of landing Southampton defender Alaeddine Yahia.
The former Guingamp man is expected to be the last winter recruit for Les Verts, with a loan deal set up with Harry Redknapp's Saints.
Yahia signed a three-year contract with the South Coast strugglers last summer but has yet to make his Premiership bow.
Southampton will continue to pay some of the 23-year-old's wages, but St Etienne have the option to purchase the Tunisian on a permanent basis at the
end of the season.