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Southampton must beat rivals to £2.7m-rated signing of next summer if they stay up

Southampton fans in the Transfer Tavern are anxiously awaiting their trip to Everton on the weekend with the Saints stuck in the relegation zone of the Premier League.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s time at the club was ended prematurely following the sacking of Claude Puel, much to the delight of our punters propping up the bar. Mark Hughes was appointed but his side are still one point behind Swansea in the race for safety, and the pair will lock horns in a relegation six-pointer in less than two weeks.

The Saints have struggled for goals this season, with Charlie Austin the only player to net more than five goals this term. Manolo Gabbiadini has only chipped in with four strikes while record-signing Guido Carillo is yet to score his first goal for the club after signing from Monaco. So, you can see that goals are a big problem down on the south coast.

They must add goals to the side when the window reopens in the summer, especially if they are relegated to the Championship. With that in mind, the man to solve their problems could be Bristol City striker – Bobby Reid.

The 25-year-old has been one of the stars of the Championship, scoring 19 goals which earned him a place in the EFL Championship Team of the Year. The forward has also notched seven assists for his team-mates, and with Bristol missing out on promotion, an exit looks likely after such a wonderful campaign. Reid is valued at just £2.7m by Transfermarkt, but would likely command a higher fee. However, Reid would certainly be worth it.

In fact, a player of such talent at a relatively low price could even prove to be one of next summer’s best signings, wherever he goes.

The Bristol Post report that Bournemouth are keen on the English forward so Southampton must move quickly to secure his services.

Southampton fans, would you like to see Bobby Reid at St. Marys next year? Let us know!

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