There is no denying that Southampton have had a difficult season once again in the Premier League and currently sit within a rather tricky position in the table. Every game will be important for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side and they will need to pick up as many points as they can in their final eight matches to ensure they remain in the top-flight.
And, should they do so, it appears the Saints could look to return for a player they came close to signing in the January transfer window.
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According to a report by Noticias de Gipuzkoa, Southampton are understood to have come close to securing the services of Francois Kamano from Girondins de Bordeaux, as did AS Monaco.
The Premier League outfit are believed to still be in the frame for the 22-year-old’s signature in the summer, however, the likes of Monaco, Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid are claimed to be queueing up for the player who is valued between €15million and €20million (£12.8m and £17m).
Noticias de Gipuzkoa could be considered somewhat a rogue source for Southampton fans, although it is a local news outlet for Real Sociedad, so some truth could be taken from what they are reporting.
And, he could be an excellent addition at the Saints next season, although they could have done with him for the remainder of the current campaign.
Kamano has been rather effective in front of goal for Bordeaux, having found the back of the net nine times so far, which is more than Danny Ings and any other striker on the south coast has managed to come up with.
The Guinea international also has the ability to dribble past defenders and has a keen eye for a long pass, which would certainly help to bring some much-needed creativity to Hasenhuttl’s side as they struggle at times to create opportunities.
However, to have any chance of landing the 22-year-old, Southampton will know that they will need to remain in the Premier League to even be able to compete with the likes of Monaco, Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid.
Southampton fans, what do you make of Kamano? Do you think the club has any chance of bringing him to St. Mary’s? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.