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Signing £2.7m-rated Manchester City ace would be a shrewd bit of business by Southampton

Having improved both their midfield and attacking midfield options thanks to the additions of Stuart Armstrong and Mohamed Elyounoussi, Southampton could now turn their attention elsewhere in the transfer market with a bid for Manchester City defender Jason Denayer being prepared, according to Sporx.

The Breakdown

After coming close to relegation last season, Mark Hughes will be hoping for more signings on top of Armstrong and Elyounoussi.

Looking at Southampton’s squad, the biggest concern is up front where neither one of Charlie Austin, Manolo Gabbiadini, Shane Long and Guido Carrillo were able to find the back of the net consistently – if at all in the latter’s case.

As well as in attack, the Saints could do with a new addition at the back having lost Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool in January, which explains the club’s rumoured interest in the £2.7m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Denayer.

Denayer, though, is nowhere close to van Dijk in terms of ability, but the 23-year-old has shown his potential while playing for the Belgium national team.

Despite not being a name that is likely to get Southampton fans jumping, Denayer has gained enough experience from his loan spells at Galatasaray and time spent with Belgium to offer the Saints’ defence something this upcoming season.

Considering how much money has already been spent on Elyounoussi and what the potential signing of a new striker is likely to do to the club’s transfer budget, Hughes may have to look for very cheap options when targeting a central defender and Denayer could be a good one.

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