Southampton: Hasenhuttl 'might be interested' in bringing £35m star to St Mary's

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Southampton “might be interested” in bringing Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to St Mary’s this summer, claims journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The 28-year-old is currently being linked with a move away from Anfield, and O’Rourke thinks his former club could become an option for him.

What is the latest news involving Oxlade-Chamberlain?

According to The Athletic, Liverpool will listen to offers for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who will be out of contract next year.

The England international, capable of playing in both midfield and out wide, was barely used by Jurgen Klopp in the 2021/22 season.

In total, he made just nine starts in the Premier League under the German manager.

Aston Villa and West Ham are both thought to be admirers of Oxlade-Chamberlain, so they could become options for him in the upcoming transfer window.

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What has O’Rourke said about Oxlade-Chamberlain and Southampton?

O’Rourke thinks Southampton could also be a possible destination for Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer, while he also has not ruled out a move abroad for the Saints academy product.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: “His time at Anfield has been interrupted by injuries at key points, when it looked like he was establishing himself in Jurgen Klopp’s side. But he’s still a top player.

“Maybe teams like Southampton, his old club, might be interested in him, and I’m sure there might even be interest from abroad as well because he’s still got a good CV.”

Would Oxlade-Chamberlain be a good signing for Southampton?

Oxlade-Chamberlain could bring a lot to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side. As mentioned earlier, he is a very versatile player, while his experience in the Premier League also makes him an attractive proposition.

Looking at some of his stats, you would have to say that the former Arsenal man would bring some fresh attacking impetus to the Saints.

When compared to other midfielders over the last year, Oxlade-Chamberlain is in the 96th percentile for progressive carries, 92nd for dribbles completed and 97th for touches in the penalty area (via FBref), which is quite impressive.

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Of course, he may not be able to express himself in the same way at a team like Southampton, who are obviously not as offensive as Liverpool, while his injury record is also a concern.

Given his contract situation, though, he should not cost anything close to the £35m the Reds paid Arsenal for his services back in 2017, so he really could be a good and viable option for the Saints or another Premier League club this summer.

It remains to be seen where Oxlade-Chamberlain will end up, but it is clear that he will have suitors if he does decide it is time to leave Liverpool.

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