Southampton are in need of strengthening as the new Premier League season draws ever closer.
It would leave the South coast outfit with a fairly strong starting eleven, but apart from that, they would be almost wholly reliable on the club's youth academy to fill the bench.
Defensive recruitments needed
In defence, with the sales of Lovren, Chambers and Luke Shaw, the Saints would be left with academy graduate Matt Targett at left-back and although he has impressed in pre-season, he would be hard pushed to complete the season alone in that role.
Artur Boruc has one or two seasons left in him, and his deputies of Kelvin Davis and Paulo Gazzaniga not inspiring much confidence, a new goalkeeper may also be on the shopping list.
Jose Fonte looks set to be the first-choice centre back with his partner likely to be a new signing following Ronald Koeman's comments after last night's friendly with Bournemouth.
"...we know we have to bring some players in. We are working very hard for that to bring some players in, and we are very close to doing that." he told the club's official website.
Should Southampton manage to hold on to Morgan Schneiderlin, the centre of the park seems to be the one area that they have a wealth of excellent options available to Koeman.
Schneiderlin would perhaps be the first name on the teamsheet, and with Jack Cork and Victor Wanyama either side of him, it provides one of the strongest midfield trio's outside of the top four.
With unsung-hero Steven Davis and academy products James Ward-Prowse and Harrison Reed also contenders for the three positions, this is one area that doesn't need strengthening.
That being said they have been linked to Holland World Cup star Jordy Clasie who would add another exciting dimension to an already flourishing midfield.
Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic have arrived from Feyenoord and FC Twente respectively, and with Gaston Ramirez returning from his holidays, the Saints have a strong starting front three.
The problem they have though, is that Ramirez has proven inconsistent thus far in his spell at Southampton, and if an injury occurs to one of those three, there is not much depth in reserve.
Youngster Lloyd Isgrove has impressed in recent weeks, as has Sam McQueen, but they cannot be asked to do the business at the high level expected of them straight away.
With Jay Rodriguez out until Christmas time through injury, Koeman will surely be looking to increase his attacking options. It has been reported on Twitter that Arsenal are willing to loan Serge Gnabry as part of the Calum Chambers deal, which would be an ideal start, and with Nathan Redmond linked it would leave Southampton in a much better position than they are now.
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