According to Football Insider, Southampton are interested in Exeter City youngster Jack Veale.
Veale eyed by Hasenhuttl
It seems that the Saints are set for a Premier League transfer battle for the 18-year-old. Brighton are also interested in the teenager, it would appear, and the two sides are the leading the hunt ahead of the January transfer window.
Veale was in action on Wednesday for Exeter in the FA Youth Cup and netted twice in a 3-1 victory.
Next Ollie Watkins
Inevitably, Veale has been compared to arguably the most famous Exeter youth product in recent years, Ollie Watkins. After 26 goals in 78 games for the club, the striker joined Brentford, where he netted 25 times in 46 matches in the Championship last term.
That form saw him sold to Aston Villa during the summer, with the Villans paying a club-record fee of £28m for his services. He has already hit the ground running in the Premier League as well, netting six times in nine games.
Would you like to sign Veale?
If Veale can go on to achieve anything like what Watkins has done so far, then he could be a very interesting purchase for the Saints. And given his age, he wouldn’t set them back too much at the moment. This is definitely a low risk high reward type of deal Ralph Hasenhuttl and co should seriously consider.
In other news, Southampton fans are delighted by this huge development.
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