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Versatile Volland the man to solve Southampton’s striker problem

Versatile Volland the man to solve Southampton’s striker problem

Southampton manager Mark Hughes is still looking to make more signings before the transfer window closes next month.

The Saints so far have added Jannik Vestergaard, Angus Gunn, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong to their squad.

Meanwhile Jordy Clasie, Sofiane Boufal, Guido Carrillo and Dusan Tadic have all departed the club, but Hughes has confirmed that more players need to head out the St. Mary’s exit door before anyone else is brought in (via Sky Sports).

And once more sells are completed, Southampton should make a move for Bayer Leverkusen’s Kevin Volland, who is valued at £19.8m by Transfermarkt.

Hughes is in desperate need of some reinforcements up front, and Volland could be the solution.

The German scored 14 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances last season and has the overall quality to help Southampton avoid another relegation scrap.

Volland is also capable of playing in the No.10 position and out wide; he is a creative forward that likes to carve out opportunities for his team-mates.

During his last season at Hoffenheim, the Germany international racked up an impressive seven assists in the 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign on top of the eight goals he scored.

As well as bringing in a striker of Volland’s ability, Southampton could do with adding another attacking midfielder or winger to the squad before the Premier League kicks off in a few weeks time.

Centre-forward, though, is the position that is in need of urgent attention, and Volland is the man Southampton should look to.

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