Southampton had managed to put in a number of impressive performances in just before the international break and will know they will have to replicate those in their final eight games if they are to survive the drop.
Things have significantly improved under Ralph Hasenhuttl at the St. Mary’s Stadium as the Austrian manager has put in plenty of his faith in some of the club’s youngest talents in recent games, and it appears youth is what he will target in the transfer market this summer.
What’s the News?
According to a report by The Daily Mail, Swansea City’s Dan James has become a person of interest to Southampton.
The 21-year-old has been outstanding for the Swans this season and his recent performances for his club and Wales have only gone on to strengthen the interest in the winger.
Reportedly believed to be on the verge of joining Leeds United in January, the likes of AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City are also thought to be monitoring him, whilst Swansea are keen to tie him to a new deal at the Liberty Stadium, although talks have stalled.
As mentioned, James has been in stellar form for Swansea this season and it should not come as a real surprise to hear that Southampton are just one of the latest clubs to be interested in the Wales international.
James has been a thorn in a number of Championship outfit’s sides with his displays, whilst also proving to be rather effective against Manchester City in the FA Cup earlier this month. His stock will have only risen during the latest international break as he scored the only goal in Wales’ win against Slovakia in a Euro 2020 qualifier.
The 21-year-old might be far from the finished product, however, his performances have really shown glimpses of the potential he has to offer and Hasenhuttl could be the ideal manager to take his ability to the next stage.
Southampton have shown recently (and in the past) that they will give young talent a chance in the Premier League and that could be something that they look to use to their advantage in the summer if they do try and lure him to the south coast.
However, if the Saints are to have any chance of signing him, top-flight football will likely have to be something they can provide him and that must be their main priority heading into the final stages of the current campaign.
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