The Lowdown: Free agent
The 25-year-old joined Turkish club Altay from Wisla Krakow last summer, but left after just one season following their relegation from the Super Lig, meaning that he is currently a free agent.
Despite Alex McCarthy committing his future to the Saints after putting pen to paper on a new deal last year, the goalkeeping department is a priority for the south coast club in the upcoming window. Fraser Forster looks set to join Tottenham, whilst Willy Caballero’s fate also hangs in the balance.
Following a fresh update, it appears that Ralph Hasenhuttl has identified his target and is about to bolster his ranks with a new addition between the sticks.
The Latest: Lis undergoing Southampton medical
When speaking on Posten’s Football Transfers YouTube Channel (via Hampshire Live), Polish reporter Tomas Wlodarczyk confirmed that Lis is very close to agreeing a long-term deal at Southampton.
He revealed: “Mateusz Lis is in England and undergoing medical tests in Southampton.
“He will not be competing for a position number one or two at the English club. The plan is that he will be loaned out straight to France, possibly to Ligue 2 with Le Havre.”
The Verdict: Star in the making
Standing at 6 foot 4, Southampton’s apparent plan to loan Lis straight out would suggest that they see him as one for the future.
The Pole has kept 36 clean sheets throughout his playing career, but making the short-term switch to a club where he will get regular game-time could be crucial for his development. It should prove beneficial as he could hopefully return to Southampton at a later stage and fight for a place in the starting XI, having been battle-hardened from greater senior experience.
Would Lis be a good signing for Southampton?
Lis represented Poland at under-20 level, and if he cam make a name for himself in the Premier League over time, he could earn the opportunity to play for his country’s first team in years to come.
From a Saints perspective, he might also offer a much younger backup for McCarthy compared to the likes of Forster and Caballero.
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