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Southampton should turn to Aboubakar if they miss out on his Porto team-mate Marega

Southampton should turn to Aboubakar if they miss out on his Porto team-mate Marega

Southampton manager Mark Hughes is looking to sign a striker before the transfer window shuts.

The former Stoke City boss has already added Jannik Vestergaard, Angus Gunn, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong to his squad, but is keen to see at least a new centre-forward arrive at St. Mary’s ahead of next Thursday’s deadline.

Porto’s Moussa Marega has been touted as a potential candidate, but interest from other clubs — namely Everton (via Daily Mirror) — could complicate a deal for the 27-year-old.

Furthermore, should Hughes not be able to lure Marega to St. Mary’s, then he should consider his Porto team-mate Vincent Aboubakar as an alternative.

Aboubakar, who is valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt, scored 15 goals in 28 Primeira Liga appearances last season displaying the sort of firepower up front that Southampton are currently missing.

Aboubakar is fast, strong and dominant in the air, but he is also a very technically gifted footballer at the same time.

The 26-year-old likes to dribble past opposition defenders when given the chance to do so, while his overall footwork is very impressive.

Aboubakar’s hold-up play, however, is not as sharp as he would probably like it to be, but the former Besiktas and Lorient man is still, overall, a very good striker.

If Southampton miss out on Marega this summer, then Aboubakar represents a great plan B to fall back on.

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