Southampton made a late bid for Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence on Transfer Deadline Day, according to The Northern Echo.
The Lowdown: Southampton’s busy summer
The Saints ended up having a very busy summer during the summer window, bringing in several young players with potential to develop at St. Mary’s.
They made no less than six signings (Transfermarkt), and it seems they were looking to add more down to the wire on Tuesday.
The Latest: Saints make Spence bid
As per this latest report, the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit made a late bid to snatch Spence from Boro.
They weren’t the only side looking to capture the right-back, though. Leicester and Nottingham Forest were also said to have tried their luck, but nothing materialised.
The Verdict: Needed?
So far at the Riverside Stadium, Spence has made 70 appearances, scoring two goals (Transfermarkt). Quite clearly, he is highly talented if there was such a push for his services on the final day of the window – he was also called “exceptional” by former boss Jonathan Woodgate (gazettelive.co.uk).
However, it is worth questioning whether he is player the Saints really needed.
Would you like to sign Spence?
During this transfer window, the Saints captured Valentino Livramento from Chelsea, and Ralph Hasenhuttl already has Kyle Walker-Peters in the same position.
Not only that, Yan Valery’s rumoured move to Olympiacos didn’t go through (Football Insider). As a result, they have three players in that position – do they really need another? The club’s failure to capture £1.8m-valued Spence (Transfermarkt) may well be a blessing in disguise.
In other news, Southampton fans were livid with this man’s new contract.
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