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Cardiff City lynchpin would be the ideal Southampton signing this month to maintain Premier League status

Southampton threw away an opportunity to pull clear of the bottom three this weekend, after a stirring Watford comeback at Vicarage Road ensured the spoils were shared in a 2-2 draw.

The Saints had led by two goals to nil thanks to James Ward-Prowse’s impressive double, but goals from Andre Gray and Abdoulaye Doucoure ensure Southampton remain just one place above the relegation places. Fans here in The Transfer Tavern watched in disbelief as Doucoure’s late equaliser went in, and were visibly fuming with their side’s inability to see out the game. Our landlord caught up with fans when tensions had simmered, with fans keen to vent their frustration to our resident football expert. The guys from the south coast are desperate to see the club begin to spend the fortune acquired from the sale of Virgil van Dijk, and a move for Cardiff midfielder Joe Ralls appeared a popular choice after the player impressed for the Bluebirds during the televised lunchtime kick-off against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

The 24-year-old has been sensational for the high-flying side from South Wales, and his seven goals and two assists from the middle of the park have seen the player’s stock rise in recent months. With the Saints midfield lacking bite and creativity at times, Ralls appears to be exactly what manager Mauricio Pochettino needs, and the player should be available for a fee which will appear to be a mere drop in the ocean compared to the mammoth fee received for Dutchman, van Dijk. Born in Aldershot, a return to Hampshire could also appeal to the player who has been with the Bluebirds since 2010 having been picked up from non-league Farnborough, and this transfer could make perfect sense for both the Saints and the player, although Cardiff boss Neil Warnock is sure to put up a fight.

Saints fans, let us know your thoughts!

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