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Southampton: Saints eye Thomas Strakosha

Southampton: Saints eye Thomas Strakosha - Southampton Transfer Rumours

According to La Republicca (via Sport Witness), Southampton are interested in signing Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.

The Lowdown: Saints have goalkeeper dilemma

Ralph Hasenhuttl has flitted between goalkeepers so far this term, with Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster both earning considerable time between the sticks.

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There have even been suggestions the boss is not sure who his number one goalkeeper is (Hampshire Live).

The Latest: Southampton eye Strakosha

Now, it has been reported Southampton are interested in signing 26-year-old Strakosha.

He has previously been linked with a €50m (£43m) move to Liverpool, but this latest rumour says Lazio would be willing to let the Albania international depart for a far lower fee.

The Verdict: Top quality

This term has not been the best for Strakosha – he has made just eight appearances in Serie A (FBRef) – which may be a reason for his reduced transfer price. However, in the previous four campaigns, he averaged a save percentage ratio of over 73% – very solid for any goalkeeper in one of Europe’s top five leagues.

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By goalkeeper’s standards, he is young, and has plenty of time ahead of him to improve. While Hasenhuttl previously said the Saints can only spend up to £10m per player this summer (Sky Sports), the south-coast outfit may be willing to be flexible on Strakosha, who is currently valued at £16.2m (Transfermarkt).

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