Southampton are one of three Premier League clubs interested in signing Middlesbrough’s Lewis Wing in the summer transfer window, according to a report from TEAMtalk.
The 24-year-old has become a key player for Jonathan Woodgate at ‘Boro, featuring in 30 of their 33 Championship fixtures this season and making 23 starts (Transfermarkt).
Wing has certainly been impressing with his performances in the second tier this season, scoring six goals and providing one assist from midfield (Transfermarkt). Three of his strikes have come in his last three appearances, including a brace against Wigan Athletic earlier in February.
As a result of his positive displays, Southampton are thought to be showing an interest in signing the former Yeovil Town man, but could face competition for his signature from south coast rivals Brighton & Hove Albion and Bournemouth according to the report from TEAMtalk. It is suggested that Middlesbrough would be keen to keep Wing but could struggle to turn down a sizeable offer if one was made.
This could prove to be an astute signing from Ralph Hasenhuttl if he can get it done. Whilst Southampton have done very well since being thumped 9-0 by Leicester City back in October, winning seven and drawing one of the next 16 (Transfermarkt), they do have a bit of an issue when it comes to scoring goals.
They have netted just 32 times in the Premier League this term (BBC Sport) and have become hugely reliant on Danny Ings, with the ex-Burnley man netting almost half of their goals with 15 to his name (Transfermarkt).
Their midfielders rarely chip in with any goals – between them, James Ward-Prowse, Stuart Armstrong, Oriol Romeu and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg have scored just six in the league this term (Transfermarkt). Whilst it has been in a lower division, Wing has shown that he can get forward and help the strikers. At just 24, he still has plenty of time to improve his game further, so he could definitely be worth a punt in the summer.
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