According to Sky Sports, Southampton are interested in signing Japhet Tanganga on a temporary deal from Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
The Lowdown: Saints looking to boost defensive options
After finishing in a disappointing 15th place in the Premier League last term, the Saints will be looking to improve this coming campaign, particularly at the back.
Indeed, it seems Ralph Hasenhuttl is looking to boost his defensive options – Romain Perraud (southamptonfc.com) and Danyl Simeu (chelseafc.com) have already joined, and the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit are now looking at another defender as well.
The Latest: Saints eye Tanganga
As per this latest report from Sky Sports, the Saints are looking at adding Tanganga to their squad.
Galatasaray are already said to have made an offer for the versatile 22-year-old, with Burnley also believed to be in pursuit.
The two English clubs have an advantage of the Turkish giants, as the young defender would prefer a loan move within the Premier League.
The Verdict: Interesting option
It was clear what Southampton’s weak point was last season. In 38 games in the top flight, they conceded a huge 68 goals – only relegated West Brom shipped more. With the signings of Perraud and Simeu, Hasenhuttl has of course pinpointed the problem as well.
Would you like to sign Tanganga?
While mainly a centre-back, £7.2m-rated Tanganga has shown his versatility by also appearing at both left-back and right-back (Transfermarkt). Former Spurs manager Jose Mourinho, who gave him his debut, called him “amazing” last year (via The Evening Standard) – he clearly has a bright spell ahead of him.
Hasenhuttl has recently stated that, even though he expects Jannik Vestergaard to stay this term, the club are awaiting offers for the Denmark international (Hampshire Live). If he does depart, Tanganga could be an interesting replacement.
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