There is still work left to be done for Mark Hughes and Southampton this transfer window, although player sales will have to be made before any more incomings.
Jannik Vestergaard, Angus Gunn, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong have all been brought in this summer while Jordy Clasie, Sofiane Boufal, Guido Carrillo and Dusan Tadic have headed in the opposite direction.
However, Hughes still wants to see a couple new faces arrive at St. Mary’s and can only do so once more names follow Clasie, Boufal, Carrillo and Tadic out of the exit door (via Sky Sports).
And one player the Southampton boss could eventually look towards is Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater, who is valued at £18m by Transfermarkt.
According to the Daily Mirror, Southampton, alongside Crystal Palace and Drinkwater’s former club Leicester City, are all interested in signing the England midfielder before the transfer window slams shut next month.
Drinkwater does not appear to be in the plans of new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, and could now be set to depart Stamford Bridge despite having only joined the Blues last summer.
Drinkwater, though, is not the answer for Southampton in this moment of time.
The 28-year-old’s has failed to make any sort of impact in west London, but he is still a very capable midfielder that would improve a lot of sides in the Premier League.
But Southampton currently have the likes of Mario Lemina, Oriol Romeu, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, James Ward-Prowse and new signing Armstrong as their midfield options.
Barring a departure, signing Drinkwater would make no sense.
Rather, the Saints need to focus their efforts on bringing in a new centre-forward and possibly another winger after the club’s misfiring attack almost condemned them to relegation last season.
Midfield is arguably the strongest area of Southampton’s squad — it is the last department that needs strengthening — making any move for Drinkwater an unnecessary one.