Southampton won’t want to put themselves in a similar position to last season as they only just managed to escape the dreaded clutches of relegation.
The Saints managed to enjoy a positive start to their Premier League campaign as they secured a point at home against Sean Dyche’s Burnley. Although, Mark Hughes may have to offload one of his first team members this summer, as according to The Express & Star, Aston Villa are interested in taking Shane Long on loan.
Shane Long is a target for Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce before the deadline at the end of the month.
The Republic of Ireland international has been pushed down the pecking order at St Mary’s as an exit seems extremely likely this summer.
Indeed, with Charlie Austin, Manolo Gabbiadini and Danny Ings all ahead of him in the pecking order, it comes as no surprise that other clubs are taking a look at Shane Long.
Southampton won’t mind offloading Shane Long in the form of a loan deal this summer as he has no future at the club. Indeed, the Saints already drafted in Liverpool’s Danny Ings on loan, so Long has been forced to look for a new club before the loan window shuts.
Indeed, the forward hasn’t exactly been prolific in season’s gone by as he is often on the fringes of the side, and couldn’t stop the slump in the last campaign.