The nerves amongst the Southampton supporters in the Transfer Tavern were further intensified last weekend after their side failed to record a priceless victory against Stoke City at St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s side are in serious trouble in the Premier League with just 9 fixtures left to steer clear of safety. Judging by how tight the bottom-half of the table is, it appears that the relegation dogfight will go right down to the wire this year, and unless there is a sudden improvement on the South Coast, Southampton will be in the midst of a huge scrap during the final weeks of the season.
Southampton’s top-flight status is far from secure, but that has not stopped them from looking ahead to the summer transfer window according to reports in The Sun which claim they are interested in signing West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster (valued at £3.15 million by Transfermarkt) next summer.
The report identifies West Brom’s imminent relegation from the top-flight as a predominant reason behind Southampton’s interest, despite the fact they could be joining The Baggies in the Championship next season. However, if Southampton do indeed manage to finally put together a run of results and steer clear of relegation this season, they would be wise to consider bringing Foster to the club to challenge Alex McCarthy for the number one jersey.
McCarthy has risen above Fraser Forster in the pecking order in recent months and established himself as Southampton’s number one. The Reading academy product was given an opportunity to impress in the first-team due to a series of erratic performances from Fraser Forster, and he has taken full advantage of his opportunity to cement his place in the first-team.
Forster’s shortcomings may well result in his departure from the club next summer, and Southampton will need a new goalkeeper to either provide back-up or to take McCarthy’s place in the first-team next season. Considering Foster should be available at a significantly reduced price following West Brom’s relegation, signing the 34-year-old would represent a shrewd piece of business, so Southampton should bring him to the club in the summer providing they beat the drop themselves.