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Southampton must see off interest from West Ham and sign Marega to solve goal-scoring problems

Southampton must see off interest from West Ham and sign Marega to solve goal-scoring problems

Southampton supporters and manager Mark Hughes will be pleased with the transfer business done by the club this summer.

However, that could easily change should the Saints’ hierarchy fail to bring in a new centre-forward before the transfer window shuts in the coming weeks.

Up front is arguably the weakest area of Hughes’ squad, and the former Stoke City boss could be potentially looking at a Primeira Liga striker to fix that.

The Breakdown

According to the Daily Mirror, Southampton are set to go up against Premier League rivals West Ham and Everton for the signature of Porto’s Moussa Marega, a player they could desperately do with.

Marega — valued at £17.1m by Transfermarkt — scored 22 goals in 29 Primeira Liga appearances last season, while the campaign prior he netted on 13 occasions for previous side Vitoria S.C.

The 27-year-old is a fast and powerful centre-forward, who is lethal in and around the six-yard box, making him an ideal fit for the Premier League and possibly the man to solve Southampton’s goal-scoring issues.

The Mali international has had no trouble scoring in Portugal and, if he could transfer the form he has shown at Porto in particular over to the Premier League, then Southampton should avoid another relegation battle.

The former Vitoria S.C man is also capable of playing as a second striker and right winger, which is an added bonus.

Hughes will be desperate to bring a striker through the door ahead of the new Premier League season, and Marega by no means would be a bad option to consider.

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