Championship

Transfer reportedly close as Southampton continue January business

Southampton are in the midst of a relegation battle, and fans here in The Transfer Tavern can scarcely believe what they have seen from their side this season.

A series of poor displays has seen Mauricio Pellegrino’s men dragged into the mire, with only a superior goal difference over fellow strugglers Stoke City keeping the Saints out of the bottom-three. Fans have drowned their sorrows long into the night over their side’s poor form, but following the sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for a world-record fee for a defender, plenty of incomings will be expected before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

However reports emerging from The Sun have suggested that academy graduate Matt Targett could be on his way to the Championship, with the youngster on the brink of sealing a six-month loan deal with mid-table Fulham. The Cottagers are in the market to add strength and depth to their squad ahead of a push for the playoff, and manager Slavisa Jokanovic appears to have identified the 22-year-old as a key target.

Landlord’s Verdict: Southampton fans will keep an eye on this development, with the departure of their back-up full-back a potential indicator that a new signing may be on the way. Saints fans will hope this is the case however, with additions, and not departures, key to keeping the club in the top flight.

However, the other interesting development here is what this means about the future of current Fulham defender, Ryan Sessegnon. The player has been touted with a move away from West London all summer, and the signing of Targett could be a key indicator that the player is on his way out.

Southampton fans will hope it is to St Mary’s, but this is unlikely given interest from Manchester United, Tottenham, Real Madrid and PSG. This potential deal could spark a chain of transfers.

Saints fans, would you have liked to have kept hold of Targett? Let us know!

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