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With Danny Ings not a target, Southampton should instead eye up a move for Danny Welbeck

With Danny Ings not a target, Southampton should instead eye up a move for Danny Welbeck

According a recent report from The Daily Echo, Southampton have not made a move to bring Danny Ings to St Mary’s. The 25-year-old currently plays his football at fellow Premier League side Liverpool and has done so since 2015, but in that time he has struggled with injuries to make just 25 senior appearances for the Reds, scoring only four goals in the process.

As such, the one-time England international has been linked with a move away but it doesn’t look like he’ll be moving to Mark Hughes’ Southampton, who must now turn their attentions towards linked-away England star Danny Welbeck in a bid to bolster their attacking ranks.

The Breakdown

Reports recently have suggested that the 27-year-old could well be let go by new Arsenal manager Unai Emery this summer, this all despite hitting form in the second half of last season in scoring six times for the Gunners in 2018.

As such, the former Manchester United ace earned a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup, and while he only mustered 11 minutes of action during their run to the semi-finals, the fact he was in the squad said all that was needed about what Welbeck brings to one’s squad.

And with a move for Ings seemingly unlikely, Hughes’ Saints should seek to lure Arsenal’s Welbeck to St Mary’s, as they eye up the sort of signings that can take them back towards the top half of the Premier League this season.

The South Coast outfit seriously struggled last time round and only just avoided relegation from the top-flight, with their meagre tally of 37 goals in 38 games one of the chief reasons for their difficulties.

Charlie Austin, who only managed 24 Premier League appearances, finished as the club’s top goal-scorer alongside Dusan Tadic, who has since left for Ajax, with just seven goals to underline their struggles in the final third – struggles Welbeck’s arrival would go some way to addressing.

The 27-year-old has scored 41 goals in 198 appearances at Premier League level during his career, and while those figures are hardly ground-breaking, they come with a relentless work rate and pace in the final third to make the Arsenal man tricky to defend against.

And coming off the back of a fine second half of the season at the Emirates Stadium, as well as being part of an England squad that defied expectations to reach the World Cup semi-finals, Welbeck is likely to head into the 2018/19 campaign full of confidence, and as such he could be a huge asset to Hughes’ Saints.

Thus, with the 27-year-old reportedly set to be axed by Emery this summer, alongside the unlikeliness that Ings will move to St Mary’s, Southampton must turn their attentions towards sealing a deal for the England star.

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