Southampton: Hasenhuttl now 'looking to sign new striker' at St Mary's

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl looks frustrated

Southampton are actively looking to sign a striker before the end of the transfer window, according to The Express journalist Ryan Taylor.

Saints’ Premier League campaign got off to the worst possible start on Saturday when they were beaten 4-1 at Tottenham, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side toothless in attack.

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What happened against Tottenham?

Given their respective ends to last season, not many would have expected anything other than a home victory when Southampton travelled to north London on the opening day.

However, James Ward-Prowse ripped up the form guide when he fired the South Coast side into an early lead with a smart finish.

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But Southampton’s joy lasted less than 10 minutes as Ryan Sessegnon restored parity before Eric Dier completed the turnaround for Tottenham just past the half hour mark.

A Mohammed Salisu own goal and a Dejan Kulusevski strike completed the scoring for a rampant Spurs side, with Saints immediately dropping to the bottom of the Premier League.

Adam Armstrong was given the nod to lead the line, although he was hauled off at half time, while Che Adams was left on the bench and summer signing Sekou Mara wasn’t involved in the capital.

And Taylor reckons that Hasenhuttl is still hoping to bolster his striker options.

What did Taylor say about Southampton?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “They’re looking for another striker. [Armando] Broja is not one they’re actively pursuing, there was a £16m bid for Liam Delap from Manchester City, but they don’t want to sell permanently.”

Which striker could Southampton sign?

As Taylor mentioned, moves for Broja and Delap, who’s been strongly linked with Stoke because City aren’t interested in a permanent transfer, are looking unlikely, so Southampton will have to target other players.

Two names that have been mentioned are ex-Fulham and Celtic striker Moussa Dembele and Sasa Kalajdzic, although deals are yet to materialise for either of those frontmen.

Prior to the Tottenham defeat, Hasenhuttl admitted that Southampton need to strengthen up front, with the result only further highlighting the Austrian’s need for offensive reinforcements.

In better news for Saints, they could improve their wide options with the addition of Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi. They’re amongst several clubs keen on the youngster’s services after he expressed his desire to leave Stamford Bridge following his lack of game-time under Thomas Tuchel.

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