Southampton’s summer transfer activity continued on Saturday when they confirmed the signing of midfielder Joe Aribo from Rangers – and the south coast side are unlikely to end there.
A new full-back is wanted to rival Kyle Walker-Peters and cover injured Tino Livramento and they also have insufficient depth on the left, where Romain Perraud is the only senior option.
That’s why Southampton have explored the idea of signing Neco Williams from Liverpool and other candidates believed to be on the radar include Manchester United’s Brandon Williams, 21, Feyenoord’s Marcus Pedersen and Manchester City prospect Issa Kabore .
The situation is not expected to be resolved until Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side leave on Wednesday for a training camp in Austria, however, the club intend to address it as the 2022-23 season approaches.
Not only will the potential addition complement Southampton’s existing options, there is a reasonable chance they will also form part of a succession plan should Walker-Peters be sold.
Although the 25-year-old is contracted until 2025 and the St Mary’s hierarchy are not actively looking to trade him, there has been no progress on a new deal and he has suitors .
Walker-Peters – who joined Tottenham Hotspur permanently two years ago and has since broken into the England setup – was linked with Everton last week but despite being held in firm admiration, their financial troubles would make Goodison Park an unrealistic destination for the moment .
Spurs are believed to have put a £30m buyout clause in the deal which saw Walker-Peters move to Southampton, while Manchester United and Arsenal reportedly have the defender on their list of possible targets if they seek reinforced in the right-back position.
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