Southampton winger Josh Sims could be set to make a surprise loan move to the MLS with a move to New York Red Bulls, reports suggest.
Football Insider reports that the 22-year-old and Southampton are both prepared to agree a deal which would see him move to the club on a year-long loan.
A ‘source’ from the St. Mary’s has told the outlet that Austrian coach Ralph Hasenhuttl feels comfortable with the wide options in his squad and that Sims would benefit with a season of first-team football in the USA.
With Sims now 22 and only having one-year remaining on his Southampton contract (Transfermarkt), this move to America could potentially signal the end of his career at St. Mary’s.
Indeed, the club have added more options to their wide positions this summer, most notably with Malian winger Moussa Djenepo, who signed from Standard Liege back in June. Furthermore, Sofiane Boufal has also been talked up by his teammates upon his return to Hampshire after a loan spell away last season, so the competition for places in wide areas does look to be a tougher one than even last season, during which the 22-year-old barely featured.
Playing only 7 games in the Premier League last season after a loan stint with Reading, the likes of Nathan Redmond, Stuart Armstrong and Mohamed Elyounoussi provide further competition on the wings, with Hasenhuttl largely operating with two wideman either side of a striker since arriving as manager.
It’s a clever move to make for him with just one year left on his deal as it will help broaden his options if Saints are to release him at the end of the season.
Right now, it is hard to see Sims breaking into the first XI unless he shows a huge upturn in form.
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