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Southampton would solve goalscoring woes with the signing of Gameiro

Southampton would solve goalscoring woes with the signing of Gameiro

Southampton fans will be pleased with the business done by the club so far this summer.

Jannik Vestergaard was recently brought in to strengthen the team’s defence, on top of Stuart Armstrong and Mohamed Elyounoussi, who will give manager Mark Hughes more options in midfield and attack.

Angus Gunn was also recruited to challenge Alex McCarthy between the sticks with Fraser Forster’s dramatic dip in form a worry, but Saints supporters will be hoping to see a striker come through the door as well before the transfer window shuts next month.

Guido Carrillo has left St. Mary’s while there are concerns about the fitness of Charlie Austin and the overall efficiency of Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long in front of goal.

With that in mind, the arrival of a new striker is likely to be on the cards and one No.9 Southampton should consider is Atletico Madrid’s £18m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Kevin Gameiro.

The return of Diego Costa has resulted in Gameiro seeing less minutes on the pitch, while Antoine Griezmann’s decision to reject a move to Barcelona and stay in the Spanish capital has crushed any hope the Frenchman had of becoming a regular starter.

Gameiro could now seek a transfer away from the Wanda Metropolitano, and his goalscoring credentials are exactly what Southampton need to avoid another relegation scrap.

The France international has scored 19 goals in 56 La Liga appearances for Atletico Madrid but, as a starter at Sevilla during the 2015-16 campaign, Gameiro managed to net on 16 occasions in 31 Spanish top-flight games.

The former Paris-Saint Germain striker would truly transform Southampton’s attack.

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