Southampton target Manchester United trio as part of £70m spree

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Southampton are eyeing the signings of Javier Hernandez and one of either Ashley Young or Wilfried Zaha, recent reports suggest.

According to The Daily Mail, the Saints - who have suffered heavy losses in the transfer market so far this summer - are plotting to embark upon a purchasing spree worth approximately £70 million in the near future.

While Mexican striker Hernandez certainly appears to be a fixed target for the current transfer window, the same speculation suggests that interest in Zaha/Young will simply depend on which winger is deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester United.

Disappointing summer

Southampton have endured an incredibly disappointing spell since the end of an impressive 2013/14 campaign.

After finishing eighth in the Premier League whilst winning the respect of most neutrals due to their positive and endlessly entertaining style of play, the club have subsequently paid the price for such limited success with the loss of their manager Mauricio Pochettino - who is now in charge at top-flight rivals Tottenham - and several key performers.

Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and captain Adam Lallana have all joined Liverpool, while Luke Shaw opted for Manchester United and young Calum Chambers - previously thought to be secured of a place among the club’s next wave of top young talent - decided that he saw his future in North London with Arsenal.

Such an unprecedented exodus has understandably left Southampton fans fearing the worst ahead of the new campaign, although it has also presumably left new boss Ronald Koeman with significant funds with which to improve his depleted squad and complement the recent signings of Italian striker Graziano Pelle and midfielder Dusan Tadic.

Manchester United trio

This isn’t the first occasion that Southampton have been linked with a potential swoop for Hernandez this summer, with the player’s future at Manchester United subject to further doubt following his lack of impact during the disastrous era of David Moyes and the subsequent arrival of Louis van Gaal.

With Hernandez having only scored on four occasions last season - coupled with the presence of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie - there appears to be a growing acceptance among Manchester United supporters that the 26-year-old may need to move on in order to avoid seeing his previously promising career stagnate.

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While Van Gaal is yet to publicly state that he plans to sell any specific player, Young’s performances over pre-season - including a brace in the 3-1 win over Real Madrid in Michigan on Saturday night, a match in which Hernandez also scored - must have impressed the experienced Dutchman.

Zaha, meanwhile, has seen his appearances severely restricted on Manchester United’s pre-season tour of the United States, with Van Gaal evidently not at all convinced that he will be able to function successfully as wing-back in his new formation.

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