A host of players could be heading through the exit door as new manager Ralph Hassenhuttl trims the deadwood in his squad.
The Saints have overspent on mediocre players during the last few transfer windows leaving the Austrian will one of the largest squads in the Premier League. Their lavish spending on poor quality has left little funds for the former RB Leipzig manager to strengthen his squad now the January transfer window is open. Plenty of departures are expected in order to generate some much-needed cash.
Reports suggest that three players are nearing an early exit in 2019 with Manolo Gabbiadini linked with a move back to Italy with AC Milan interested while Steven Davis is close to joining Steven Gerrard’s Rangers. Finally, Wesley Hoedt is also free to leave the club after struggling to impress since joining for £14m back in 2017. The money made from their sales should be reinvested immediately.
One man Hassenhuttl could target is Palmeiras winger – Roger Guedes. Valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, the Brazilian impressed massively in the Brazilian Serie A, netting nine goals in just 11 appearances. He was subsequently loaned to China where he has scored two goals and registered two assists since joining Shandong Luneng.
Guedes is a quick, agile winger who is a constant menace on the right wing. The 22-year-old can also play on the left or through the middle making him a useful option for the Saints to have at their disposal. The youngster has shown his eye for a goal in the past and has all the attributes to be a success in the Premier League. His arrival at St. Marys would go a long way to replace the creativity lost during Dusan Tadic’s sale to Ajax in the summer.
His contract expires next summer and the Saints should do all they can to lure him to England.
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