Mark Hughes is looking to bring in more signings at Southampton this summer having already added Jannik Vestergaard, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Angus Gunn and Stuart Armstrong to his squad.
However, before any more new arrivals, Hughes has confirmed he needs more players to follow Dusan Tadic, Guido Carrillo and Sofiane Boufal out of the exit door (via Sky Sports).
According to Sky Sports, Mario Lemina could be one of those to leave St. Mary’s with West Ham said to be interested in the midfielder’s services as they look for a potential replacement for the outgoing Pedro Obiang.
Hughes, though, must do all he can to retain Lemina.
In £13.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Lemina, Southampton have a powerful midfielder who is strong in the middle of the park, can drive with the ball and spray passes all over the pitch.
The Gabon international — signed from Juventus last summer — was a bit of a coup for Southampton and would be hard to replace.
Midfield is probably the strongest area of the Saints’ squad with Hughes having the likes of Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg all at his disposal, but selling Lemina would set the team back massively.
The 24-year-old may not have been as consistent as Southampton fans would have liked, often only showing glimpses of his true quality.
But the former Juventus man certainly has the talent and should be kept at the club at all costs.