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Signing Berardi could solve all of Hughes’ problems at Southampton

Signing Berardi could solve all of Hughes’ problems at Southampton

Southampton have signed Jannik Vestergaard, Angus Gunn, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong during this transfer window, but manager Mark Hughes is not done yet.

The former Stoke City boss is hoping for more arrivals before the Premier League starts next month, although the Saints will need to offload more players first.

Jordy Clasie, Sofiane Boufal, Guido Carrillo and Dusan Tadic are no longer at St. Mary’s and Hughes has confirmed more departures are needed if Southampton are to sign anyone else (via Sky Sports).

And if the Saints are able to put themselves into a position where more signings can be made, then the club should target Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi, who is valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt

Southampton are not exactly the strongest team out wide and up front, but signing Berardi could easily fix that.

Berardi is capable of playing as a right winger and a striker, possessing the ability to both score and create goals.

The Italy international was not his usual productive self last term, but the Serie A campaign prior he notched up nine assists, while in the 2014/15 season he was directly involved in 25 goals from 32 games.

Berardi has often been linked with a move to Juventus (via Football Italia) but, with a transfer yet to materialise, the opportunity for a team like Southampton to acquire the 23-year-old is there.

The Sassuolo man has the goal-scoring potential to fire Southampton up the Premier League table and keep them away from another relegation battle.

In Berardi, Hughes would have a player he could either deploy out wide or up front to devastating effect.

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