Southampton supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team end a 15-year wait for a return to the FA Cup semi-finals courtesy of a 2-0 success over Wigan Athletic on Sunday.
The South Coast club got past Fulham, Watford, and West Brom to reach the last eight of the world’s oldest club competition, which has provided some much-needed respite for our resident Saints fans given their side’s woeful campaign in the Premier League. And Mark Hughes’ men returned to the last four for the first time since 2003 as goals from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Cedric Soares sealed victory over League One promotion contenders Wigan, thus earning Southampton a semi-final clash with Chelsea at Wembley next month.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Saints supporters in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their great cup run can finally inspire their team to safety in the Premier League, given they are currently in the bottom three with just eight matches to go.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Southampton fans to discuss, not least recent reports linking their side with a move for Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen this summer.
And while the Wales international would be a useful addition to Hughes’ squad, the South Coast outfit should forget about pursuing a deal for the midfielder, and instead turn their attentions to Swansea City’s £6.3 million-rated Ki Sung-Yueng (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, the South Korea international has more than proven his worth at Premier League level in the last few years since his move to the Liberty Stadium, playing 155 games for the Swans in which time he has bagged 12 goals and laid on 11 assists.
And while the 29-year-old isn’t chiefly in the team for his goals, he has come up with a few key ones for Carlos Carvalhal’s side this season, with strikes in wins over Burnley and West Ham capping off what were dominant midfield displays from the former Sunderland and Celtic man.
And it was the manner in which he went about patrolling the middle of the park, be it launching attacks and keeping things tidy on the ball alongside an ability to break up opposition moves, which should be of interest to Hughes.
Yes, Southampton are well-stocked in the midfield department at present, but summer signing Mario Lemina has been linked with a move away from St Mary’s ahead of this summer’s transfer window, and were he to indeed leave the club, they would have to replace him with Premier League quality.
And, remarkably, Ki is out of contract at Swansea come the end of the season (as per Transfermarkt), so while they would likely have to fork out a sizable sum of money luring Allen to the South Coast from Stoke, it would cost them next to nothing to land the South Korean captain.
More importantly though, the 29-year-old would add a significant amount to an already-talented Southampton midfield department, both on the ball and off it, and as such the South Coast outfit should go after the midfield ace come the end of the season.
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