Journalist Alex Crook has claimed that Southampton have the funds to spend on a striker this summer.
Southampton have had an active start to the summer transfer window, as they have brought in five new players to St Mary’s in Joe Aribo, Gavin Bazunu, Romeo Lavia, Armel Bella-Kotchap and Mateusz Lis – but they are yet to bring in a new centre-forward.
Last season, Armando Broja spent the campaign on loan at Southampton from fellow Premier League side Chelsea, but he has since returned to his parent club, and after featuring 38 times in all competitions, Ralph Hasenhuttl might be keen to find a replacement.
Despite already bringing in five new players to Southampton, Crook spoke to GiveMeSport and claimed that they still have a ‘decent amount of money’ to spend on a striker before the transfer window ends.
He said: “They have got a decent amount of money, I think, to spend on a striker.
“So, that’s the next priority because they’ve strengthened just about everywhere else; goalkeeper, centre-back, midfield, out wide with Aribo. So, they do want a centre-forward – they obviously had Broja who was on loan there last season.”
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TIF Thoughts on Crook’s comments…
Southampton had a disappointing end to last season, as they finished just five points above the drop zone, so Hasenhuttl has not spent any time messing around by bringing in five new faces to the club already, but with Broja returning to Chelsea, the Saints faithful might be keen to see a new forward come through the door.
Danny Ings left the club at the start of last season after he scored 34 Premier League goals in his final two campaigns with the club, and they have failed to find a permanent replacement since. Adam Armstrong was brought in as a potential successor to Ings, but he failed to fill the void after he only managed to find the back of the net twice in the league last term.