The Southampton fans have been feeling miserable in the Transfer Tavern this week since their 3-0 defeat against West Ham, and recent reports regarding summer transfers have done nothing to brighten their mood.
Mark Hughes endured a torrid opening to his Premier League career with the Saints last weekend as his side suffered a dismal 3-0 defeat against their relegation rivals at The London Stadium. The result has left Southampton in 18th place, 2 points adrift of Crystal Palace in 17th, albeit with a game in hand.
The future is looking increasingly ominous for the Saints faithful propping up our bar, but despite their precarious position, The Daily Mirror have reported that Southampton are interested in signing Barcelona’s Paco Alcacer this summer. The report claims that Southampton will make a bid for the Spaniard in the summer if they manage to retain their top-flight status.
Considering their current league position, discussion of summer transfers seems rather premature at this stage in the season. However, if the Saints do indeed manage to survive this season, there is no doubt they will need to land a new striker to solve their goal-scoring crisis.
Although Alcacer boasts a decent record in his La Liga career so far with 42 goals and 21 assists from 147 appearances in the top-flight, Southampton should abandon their pursuit of the Spaniard and instead focus on a player with Premier League experience, namely Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt).
Iheancho has become something of a forgotten man at Leicester since he signed for the Foxes from Manchester City last summer, but he has impressed in recent months when he has been handed the rare opportunity to showcase his talents.
The 21-year-old Nigerian looked destined for a bright future in English football when he burst onto the scene at City, and although he has struggled for first-team opportunities this season, there is no doubt that he still possesses the potential to become a 15-goal a season striker in the top-flight.
The lack of game time Iheanacho has been afforded this season is bound to frustrate him, so he could become available for a season-long loan deal in the summer, and if that proves to be the case then Southampton should sign a striker with a genuine poachers instinct.
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