Southampton had no chance of signing new Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi, the club’s former midfielder Carlton Palmer has told The Transfer Tavern.
Guehi recently joined Palace in an £18m deal from Chelsea following a couple of successful loan stints with Swansea City in the Championship.
However, according to The Athletic, Southampton were one of many suitors who were keen on the 21-year-old as they look to strengthen their backline this summer.
Would you have taken Guehi?
Not for £18m
At £18m, though, Palmer feels his old side were never really in the running to sign Guehi. When asked by TT if St. Mary’s was a realistic destination, the former Saints star said:
“Not a chance, not really. When your budget is £10m, you’re not in the hunt, are you? It’s a difficult one, but when you’re a manager, you know what your budget is, you know what your capabilities are.
“The manager has to be creative with loan players, get good young players in and give them the opportunity.”
Guehi looks like he could have been a good addition to Southampton. Last season, the England U21 international won 3.3 aerial duels per league game (via WhoScored), more than any player in the Saints’ squad bar Jannik Vestergaard (also 3.3).
However, with Ralph Hasenhuttl stating that the south coast club are indeed looking at players who will cost £10m or less, a deal always seemed unlikely.
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