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Southampton: Loan bid for Andre Silva rejected

Southampton: Loan bid for Andre Silva rejected

Southampton have reportedly had a loan bid for AC Milan striker Andre Silva rejected.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), the south coast club made an offer of a loan with a view to buy worth €18m (£16m) plus bonuses to the Serie A side for the 23-year-old, who spent last season out on loan at Sevilla.

Milan, however, have rebuffed Southampton’s initial advances and are said to want at least €25m (£22.4m) for Silva.

Silva has not quite managed to reach the heights of his 2016/17 season with Porto where he scored 21 goals in all competitions, finding the back of the net on just two occasions domestically the following term at Milan.

Things, however, were much better for the Portugal international at Sevilla in the last campaign as he went on to register nine times in La Liga. And with Charlie Austin possibly leaving St. Mary’s this summer as the likes of Crystal Palace and Aston Villa continue to circle (as per The Sun), he would not be the worst striker to bring in as a potential replacement.

For example, as well as having more success in front of goal than Austin last season (the 29-year-old scored just twice in the Premier League), Silva was also more effective when it came to things like picking out his team-mates.

His pass success rate was 72.7%, whereas Austin averaged 58.6%. He also won more aerial duels (2.5) than the man he could be replacing (1.7) (as per WhoScored).

With Shane Long the only other striker in Southampton’s squad to average more last season (2.8), with new centre-forward signing Che Adams only averaging 0.8, Silva could really give Ralph Hasenhuttl another decent option up front if he wants to go more direct in the dying stages of games.

Based on that, Silva could be quite the clever capture if Austin does go on to leave the south coast this summer.

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