17 July 2024

Southampton should now be 'knocking on the door' for £7m star at St. Mary's  | OneFootball

Southampton should be considering the signing of a Championship star at St. Mary’s this summer.

Southampton should be “knocking on that door” to sign West Bromwich Albion winger Grady Diangana at St. Mary’s, as transfer insider Dean Jones details to GIVEMESPORT how the club could have struggled in the market for players.

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It’s been a busy window for Southampton, who must rebuild, aiming to achieve an immediate return to the Premier League. The Saints have welcomed nine additions to St. Mary’s but hope to add more, with less than 48 hours of the transfer window remaining.

TalkSPORT reporter Alex Crook recently told GIVEMESPORT that Southampton could look to sign Manchester City youngster James McAtee, who enjoyed a successful loan at promoted Sheffield United last season. However, with Premier League clubs circling the 20-year-old midfielder, the Saints may struggle to compete with sides able to offer top-flight football.

What has Jones said about Southampton and Diangana?

Jones has claimed that Southampton should aim for players such as West Brom winger Diangana, who could be available for around £7m as the financially stricken Black Country outfit attempt to cut costs.

The transfer insider told GIVEMESPORT: “The most difficult thing for Southampton is the levels of competition they get. With McAtee, if there was Premier League interest there, which there is, can you persuade him to come down to then hopefully get them back up again? I think he would rather stay in the Premier League if possible, so it’s quite tough.

“Southampton could look at someone like Diangana, who Leeds were looking at. But if they’ve moved beyond that, Southampton should be looking to get into that conversation. West Brom are clinging on to him for dear life at the moment, it seems. He’s been linked with several clubs over the past few months but stayed at West Brom. I think Southampton should be knocking on that door. To be honest, I’d say that he might be one of the best options available to them right now because some of the others that they are looking at, I just don’t think they need to be taking that jump down to the Championship. The difficult thing right now for Saints is convincing people to come down to go back up again.”

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