Southampton fans who frequent the Transfer Tavern in their droves have had smiles on their faces for a number of years now, though they seem to have got just that inch wider following reports in the Sunday Mirror they could lure Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back to the South Coast.
Having left for Arsenal back in 2011, the 22-year old winger has not quite progressed in the manner in which many had both expected and hoped he would.
A product of the Saints’ famed academy, the England international has been linked with a move away from North London for the last few months.
Former teammate Jose Fonte is said to be helping the South Coast outfit ramp up efforts to bring him back to his former charges by aiming to convince him to do so.
It is likely to be a pivotal summer in deciding the player’s future, having cut a frustrated figure at the Emirates for a number of months now.