The transfer window is officially closed, but that has not stopped the fringe players at various clubs from being linked with an eventual move once the market reopens again in January.
And one player on the peripheral of their current team who could be set for a transfer next year is Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater.
Drinkwater arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer from Leicester City but failed to break into Antonio Conte’s starting XI and is currently facing the same problem under the Blues’ new boss Maurizio Sarri.
The English midfielder has since been linked with a move to Southampton (via Daily Express) and, if that materialises, it could be problematic for at least two individuals at St. Mary’s.
James Ward-Prowse has often played out wide on the right for Southampton, but the 23-year-old’s best position on the pitch is undoubtedly in the middle of the park.
And should Southampton’s interest in Drinkwater become concrete enough for an acceptable offer to be made, then Ward-Prowse’s opportunities to play in central midfield will become even more limited.
Watford had reportedly been interested in Ward-Prowse’s services in the summer (via the Sun), and the potential transfer of Drinkwater to St. Mary’s could see the Hornets’ chances of luring the Southampton youth product to Vicarage Road in January increase.
Steven Davis has been an important player for Southampton down the years, but the 33-year-old has slowly dropped down the pecking order in the past 12 months.
With manager Mark Hughes now using a 4-4-2, the No.10 role in the team has become redundant while there is now only room for the likes of Mario Lemina and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the middle of the park.
Ultimately, Davis faces a difficult task of establishing himself in the team again, and the arrival of Drinkwater would do nothing to change that.