Southampton look set to turn their attention to signing a striker following the defensive and midfield signings of Jannik Vestergaard, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong.
Goalkeeper Angus Gunn was also brought in from Manchester City, and manager Mark Hughes will now be hoping to complete what has been a good transfer window with the addition of a new centre-forward.
And one potential candidate for the position is Liverpool’s Danny Ings.
Reports have linked Ings with a move to St. Mary’s; however, the Daily Echo has suggested that Southampton will not make a move for the Liverpool man.
If true, it is a wise decision considering the Saints’ current striker predicament.
In Charlie Austin, Hughes already has a No.9 susceptible to injury; the last thing the former Stoke City boss needs is another forward he cannot rely on to stay fit.
Furthermore, Hughes should look to AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca as an alternative.
Bacca, who is valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, is likely to be up for sale considering AC Milan’s Financial Fair Play dilemma.
The Colombia international was in fine form last season, scoring 15 goals in 35 La Liga games while on loan at Villarreal.
Bacca is a fantastic finisher and has shown so over the years in both Italy and Spain with AC Milan, Villarreal and Sevilla.
Overall, the 31-year-old is a very prolific goalscorer who would solve Southampton’s problems up front and at what would likely be for a very reasonable price.