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Ntcham can seriously improve Southampton in January

Ntcham can seriously improve Southampton in January

Southampton were denied three points by a stoppage-time penalty against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Eager to build on their first win of the season before the international break, Mark Hughes’ side took an early lead through Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg before Danny Ings doubled the advantage from the penalty spot. However, Shane Duffy headed home just two minutes later to give the Seagulls hope. In the dying stages, James Ward-Prowse was judged to have pushed Duffy and Glenn Murray slotted the resulting spot-kick to give Chris Hughton a valuable point.

Though the transfer window is closed, Hughes should be on the lookout for potential January targets. Southampton slumped in the New Year last season and will be looking to avoid a similar stretch of form to avoid another relegation dogfight.

One man they should be targeting is Celtic dynamo – Olivier Ntcham. Valued at £2.7m by Transfermarkt, the Frenchman joined Manchester City’s youth academy in 2012 and quickly rose through the ranks with the Citizens. After a loan spell at Genoa, Ntcham was finally sold to Celtic last summer.

The midfielder was a crucial player under Brendan Rodgers, making 28 appearances in the SPFL, as the Hoops secured a historic treble. Ntcham netted five goals in the league and has made a blistering start to the new campaign. Despite being sent off against St. Mirren, the Frenchman has scored two goals in Celtic’s opening four fixtures. Still only 22-years-old, the midfielder is still developing and improving and could be a fantastic signing for the Saints.

Southampton already poached one of Celtic’s star players this season, landing Stuart Armstrong in the summer transfer window. Ntcham could be set to follow in the footsteps of Virgil van Dijk, Victor Wanyama and Fraser Forster in moving to St. Marys.

Southampton fans, thoughts?

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