Southampton are likely to be in the market for a centre-forward before the transfer window closes next Thursday.
And the player the Saints have been linked with is Porto’s Moussa Marega, although they face competition from Premier League rivals Everton for the Mali international’s signature (via the Daily Mirror).
As well as a new striker, Southampton could do with bringing in another attacking player with Mohamed Elyounoussi the club’s only summer addition in that department.
Elyounoussi, who comes in as a replacement for Dusan Tadic, looks to be a very promising player. However, the 23-year-old’s arrival alone cannot solve all of Southampton’s offensive problems.
Furthermore, in addition to a No.9, manager Mark Hughes should target new signing Jannik Vestergaard’s former Borussia Monchengladbach team-mate Thorgan Hazard to improve his attack.
The younger brother of Chelsea’s star man Eden Hazard is one of Gladbach’s most influential players.
Last season, £19.8m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Hazard scored 10 goals and assisted another five which helped earn him a call up to Belgium’s World Cup squad.
But what would have caught Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez’s eyes in particular is Hazard’s dribbling capability, ability to fashion out chances and versatility across the forward line.
The former Chelsea man is able to play on the left, right and behind the striker, which would come as a huge boost to Hughes who is not currently blessed with a tonne of options in those positions.
Centre-forward will be Southampton’s priority for the remainder of the transfer window, but signing a player like Hazard could be just as important.