With it being a season where Southampton have flirted with relegation, Ralph Hasenhuttl appears keen on the idea of bolstering his squad this summer.
Speaking after the Saints’ recent 3-3 draw with Bournemouth, the Austrian told BBC Sport: “This summer we will rebuild. We can start planning for next year tomorrow and the target [next season] is to get 40 points earlier than this year. A bit less stress would be nice.”
And one man Hasenhuttl could look to when it comes to that rebuild job is his former striker Jean-Kevin Augustin.
According to the Daily Mirror (via Tribal Football), the Saints boss is eyeing up a reunion with the RB Leipzig No.9 in a move that could show just how far the St. Mary’s hierarchy are willing to go to back their manager.
Back in February, the Daily Mail reported that Leipzig would demand something in the region of £35m for the Frenchman, a figure that would make most teams in the Premier League baulk.
But should that not be the case for Southampton, it would display the lengths the club are willing to go to to support their man in the dugout.
With that sort of backing, a promising 2019/20 season could be in store, as well as a bright future on the south coast for Hasenhuttl.
The 51-year-old has already started laying down the foundations and looks like he just needs a few quality additions like Augustin to take the Saints up the table.
Get him that and more later down the line, and the good times could yet return to St. Mary’s.
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