Southampton are running out of time in their pursuit of a centre-forward, and supporters will no doubt head into the new season fearing for the worst if one is not secured before the transfer window closes.
The Saints have done some decent business this summer by bringing in Jannik Vestergaard, Angus Gunn, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong, but all of that good work could be undone if a striker does not accompany them.
However, given the relegation battle Southampton found themselves embroiled in last season, it would be a surprise if the club’s hierarchy did not make one big push to bring someone in ahead of deadline day.
And, if they do, the man who could be lined up for a move to St. Mary’s is Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck.
According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal are willing to listen to offers for £13.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Welbeck with the 27-year-old said to have been told by Unai Emery that he will not be a regular at the Emirates in the forthcoming campaign.
Welbeck’s availability has since alerted several Premier League clubs including Everton, Bournemouth and Southampton. And while the latter do desperately need a new frontman, it is debatable to whether Welbeck is the answer or not.
The England international has never been the greatest of goalscorers, failing to score more than five goals in any of his four Premier League campaigns as an Arsenal player.
Although, In Welbeck’s defence, he has had a couple of bad injuries and when fit, is often forced to play out wide.
With Welbeck’s goalscoring and injury records in mind, he may not have been Southampton supporters’ dream signing up front. But given how close deadline day is, the former Manchester United striker could be the Saints’ best bet.