Southampton in the race to sign Moussa Dembele
Southampton are one of the ‘options’ for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele as he enters the final few months of his contract.
The Lowdown: Saints struggle…
The Saints are currently fighting to maintain their Premier League status amid growing fears they could drop down to the Championship.
Ruben Selles was appointed permanent manager until the end of campaign but faces a real fight on his hands, especially going by the numbers.
Southampton are currently second from bottom with only Everton and Wolves scoring fewer goals, supporting their need for more attacking additions.
If they do in fact survive, Sport Republic must look ahead to the summer, with Dembele of Lyon emerging as an option for them.
The Latest: Southampton ‘option’ for Dembele…
According to Mundo Deportivo, the St. Mary’s side are one of three clubs who could sign the 26-year-old when he leaves Lyon in the summer.
Dembele’s deal is set to expire with no renewal on the table, handing interested parties the chance to secure his signature on a Bosman deal.
The Verdict: Good option?
For zero cost, the forward could be a shrewd option, even if he isn’t exactly in the best form of his life right now.
The former Celtic star has just three goals in eight full starts for the Ligue 1 giants, but in past seasons, Dembele has stood out as a prolific figure.
Last year, he bagged an impressive 21 goals and four assists domestically for Lyon, potentially highlighting his real ability when playing at peak form.
The likes of Zinedine Zidane and Pep Guardiola have previously lavished praise on the striker – with Zidane calling him a big occasion player and Guardiola branding him ‘exceptional’.