Besiktas are reportedly eyeing a move for Southampton wantaway Guido Carrillo, according to Fotomac via Sport Witness.
The Turkish club are in the market for a new centre-forward before Monday’s deadline closes and are apparently exploring the option of taking Carrillo on loan for the campaign.
The Argentine has become surplus to requirements at Saints and spent last season on loan at Leganes, scoring six goals in 33 appearances for the Spanish outfit.
With Che Adams, Danny Ings, Shane Long and Michael Obafemi all ahead of him in the pecking order at St Mary’s, Carrillo is expected to see very little game-time at Southampton this season if he was to remain on the south coast.
Since arriving at the club from Monaco in 2017, the 28-year-old failed to register a single goal in 10 appearances, with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl making it clear that he has no future at the club by getting rid of his place in the changing rooms of Saints’ Staplewood training complex.
While he has failed to convince in Hampshire, the Argentine did win 6.6 aerial duels per game on average last season while out on loan, which would have made him the most dominant presence in the air out of anyone in Besiktas’ squad last season, so he can certainly add something should he move.
Carrillo definitely needs to secure a move away from Saints for the benefit of his career. The 28-year-old is seemingly destined to warm the bench this season – at best should he remain at Southampton, so moving to a club as big as Besiktas in a completely different country could be exactly what he needs.
Besiktas will have to act quick, though, as they only have just five days to get this potential deal over the line.
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