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Southampton target Andre-Pierre Gignac as possible Jay Rodriguez replacement

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has expressed an interest in France international André-Pierre Gignac, who has made 19 appearances for his national side, netting five goals. 

Potential replacement

Koeman is looking to Gignac as a possible replacement for Southampton's 2013/14 top goalscorer Jay Rodriguez, as he may struggle to find a place in the new and improved Saints side when he eventually returns from injury, according to the Daily Mirror.

Pablo Osvaldo, who is currently on loan in Italy with Inter Milan, will also be returning to Southampton, but has also been linked with a move away from the Saints, making a need for a striker ever more pertinent for Koeman. 

Gignac flaws

Two possible draw backs are that Gignac is 29, meaning he is nearing the end of the prime period for most strikers in the modern game. Gignac has also only played professionally for French clubs - although this is not a draw back as such, it means he doesn't have as much experience compared to other strikers.

It's also not unknown for players to find it hard to settle into Premier League life, particularly when a player has little time left in their career to do it.

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Positives

Positives for signing the Frenchman are that he is having a very good season at Marseille and that he has 20 games of European tournament experience - which could be pivotal with the Saints looking to be the new kids on the block on the European scene next season.

Gignac is also not looking to sign a new contract at the Stade Veledrome and his contract runs out in the summer. This means that Koeman will likely be able to get his man on a free transfer. 

Do you think Gignac would be a suitable addition to Southampton? Or do you think he will favour a move to Everton, West Ham or perhaps even a different French club? Comment below!

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