Southampton are reportedly targeting a move for RB Leipzig forward Alexander Sorloth as a potential Danny Ings replacement, according to The Athletic.
Ings’ somewhat surprising departure to Aston Villa was confirmed on Wednesday evening, with Dean Smith’s side looking as though they’ll be planning for life without Jack Grealish.
It has been reported by Fabrizio Romano that Grealish is set to get undergo a medical with Manchester City, ahead of a move worth £100million.
Villa signed Ings on Wednesday, in a deal worth £30million, according to a report from Hampshire Live. The forward spent two years with Southampton, and scored 13 goals in 33 appearances for the Saints last term in what was a frustrating league campaign for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side.
Southampton are seemingly moving quickly in their efforts to find Ings’ replacement, with Alexander Sorloth being one of their reported targets ahead of the 2021/22 league campaign.
Sorloth has been with RB Leipzig since 2020, and scored six goals in 37 appearances last term for the German side.
He would be no stranger to English football either, having previously been on the books with Crystal Palace before heading to RB Leipzig in 2020 – he scored just once in 20 appearances for the Eagles.
Plenty of Southampton supporters were quick to take social media to react to the Saints’ rumoured interest in signing Sorloth this summer.
Saints fans fume
Take a look at the best of the reaction from Twitter below, after their interest was shared by Saints Extra.
“No no no no no. Tammy or Armstrong I wouldn’t mind, but not Sorlorth.”
“Please no he’s awful.”
“He scored 6 goals for his club last season, what on earth are they thinking.”
“Palace and Leipzig reject Alexander Sorloth? The man who could only do the business in the Super Lig, a league where Mario Lemina looked like a world beater? That guy?”
“Eduoard, Armstrong or Tammy all great options.”
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