The lowdown: Rising stock
The 20-year-old stopper has spent the 2021/22 campaign on loan at south coast rivals Portsmouth in order to gain more senior exposure.
During that time, Bazunu earned plenty of plaudits for his penalty saving exploits after denying a Cristiano Ronaldo spot-kick against Portugal for the Republic of Ireland.
Having already become an overnight sensation, a move could be on the horizon for the talented ‘keeper…
The latest: Saints’ keen
As per talkSPORT, Southampton are ‘looking to bolster’ the goalkeeping department with the capture of Bazunu.
It’s claimed that Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is ‘interested’ in the seven-cap starlet, who was recently hailed as a ‘class act’ by Fratton Park manager Danny Cowley following a 2-0 victory over Morecambe.
Furthermore, Bazunu is said to have ‘no chance’ of usurping Ederson as City’s number one, whilst Fraser Forster, Alex McCarthy, Willy Caballero and Alex Lewis are all out of contract at the end of the season (Transfermarkt).
The verdict: Smart move
Albeit untested at the Premier League level, the Dublin-born goalkeeper is a player enjoying an upwards career trajectory and Hasenhuttl desperately needs to freshen up the St Mary’s goalkeeping ranks.
So far this season Bazunu has kept 16 clean sheets, and made 3.0 saves per game whilst earning an impressive 6.99 average Sofascore rating from 44 League One outings.
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Whilst the report makes no mention of a fee, valued at just £540,000, signing Bazunu would likely be a relatively inexpensive move for the new-look Southampton hierarchy.
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