Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl is surely looking to add attacking reinforcements with Charlie Austin reportedly (via the Sun) allowed to leave the club.
The former Burnley forward has struggled for form and fitness in recent seasons and has been deemed surplus to requirements by the new manager. Austin has proven to be an unreliable option in the forward line and the Saints are seemingly willing to listen to offers. With Manolo Gabbiadini also departing, Hassenhuttl must add another striker to his ranks on deadline day.
For his next recruit, the former RB Leipzig boss should turn his attention to the Championship. Premier League clubs have had plenty of success when poaching stars from the lower division in recent seasons with the likes of David Brooks and James Maddison starring in the higher league.
Therefore, Southampton should prioritise signing Birmingham hotshot – Che Adams. Valued at £2.25m by Transfermarkt, the 22-year-old has been on fire in the Championship, netting an incredible 15 goals already. With Birmingham currently under a transfer embargo, they may be powerless to keep their star player at the club.
Adams is a versatile forward who can play right across the forward line making him the perfect player to add another dimension to the Saints attack. His expert movement and finishing ability would make him the ideal partner for Danny Ings as the Saints look to push towards the top half of the table. Landing the Englishman also shouldn’t break the bank meaning he fits into Hassenhuttl’s budget.
This move could prove to be an astute piece of business if Southampton can convince Birmingham to part ways with their star forward.
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