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Southampton should freshen up their attack with the signing of Traore

Southampton should freshen up their attack with the signing of Traore

Southampton manager Mark Hughes is hoping to see a couple more new faces come through the door before the transfer window closes shut next month.

The Saints so far have seen Jannik Vestergaard, Angus Gunn, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong arrive at St. Mary’s; however, Hughes could do with further additions to bolster his attack.

The former Stoke City boss is currently working with a misfiring strikeforce, while out wide he is not blessed with a tonne of options either.

With that in mind, to strengthen his team in attack, Hughes should target Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore.

Traore, who is valued at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, is set to have the £18m release clause in his contract triggered by Wolves (via the Sun) and Southampton would be smart to consider hijacking the deal.

Traore has often been praised for his overall physical attributes and ability to dribble past defenders on the flank, but last season the 22-year-old showed he has more to his game.

After criticism of his lack of end product, the former Barcelona man managed to score five goals and assist another 10 last season as Middlesbrough finished fifth in the Championship before losing in the play-offs to Aston Villa.

Since his days in the Barcelona youth set up, Traore’s talent has been there for everyone to see with just his decision making and efficiency in the final third letting him down.

But with improvements made there and if he can develop even further in those areas, then Traore could go on to become one of the very best wingers in the country.

Traore has a lot of potential yet to be unlocked but, even at his current level now, the Spaniard could offer Southampton much.

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