Southampton have made an offer to sign Genk striker Paul Onuachu this January as the Belgian side swiftly reply, according to reports.
The Lowdown: Saints making moves…
The Saints, guided by manager Nathan Jones, are making moves this transfer window as they bid to avoid a drop to the Championship.
The Premier League strugglers, currently sitting at the foot of the table, are fighting for survival but appear determined to get some deals over the line.
The Athletic report they’re in talks to sign Villarreal winger Nicolas Jackson and are edging closer to an agreement – something which will come as music to the ears of some supporters.
As Jones and co attempt to add much-needed firepower, Jackson reportedly isn’t the only player of serious interest at St. Mary’s.
The Latest: Southampton table Onuachu offer…
Southampton, according to journalist Sacha Tavolieri, have made a bid to sign Genk striker Onuachu.
The Nigeria international has been linked with a move to England before, most notably with West Ham, and now Jones’ side have displayed their fondness in Onuachu.
However, Genk are reluctant to sell mid-season and want him to remain in Belgium to support their title challenge.
Tavolieri explained (via Twitter):
“Very interested in the profile of Paul #Onuachu , #Southampton offered 12M € this winter for the Nigerian striker. Offer refused. The management of #KRCGenk wants to keep its striker until the end of the season and fight for the title until the end in #JPL .”
The Verdict: Shame…
The 28-year-old has been a pivotal player for Genk in recent years and one of the Jupiler Pro League’s star forwards.
A clinical striker, Onuachu has netted 83 goals and a further ten assists in all competitions since arriving at the club with 14 in his last 18 league appearances this season (Transfermarkt).
The towering 6 foot 6 attacker is quite a physical presence going forward and holds no shortage of admiration for his performances in the last two years.
Website soccernet describe him as ‘one of the best players in the Jupiler League’ and Belgian defender Rasmus Carstensen goes even further.
Carstensen lavished Onuachu with praise in an interview, claiming he is a ‘class guy’ and ‘crazy good at football’.
Missing out on the African, based off his numbers and reputation, will be a sore one to take for Jones.
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