Southampton still have 'two priorities in transfer window' at St Mary's

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Southampton are prioritising a ‘full-back and a striker’ in what remains of the summer window, according to Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor.

The Saints got their new Premier League campaign off to a disappointing start losing 4-1 to Tottenham Hotspur and could turn to the transfer market once again to solve their shortcomings.

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Ralph Hasenhuttl has so far welcomed goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu and midfielder Romeo Lavia from Manchester City, centre-back Armel Bella-Kotchap, striker Sekou Mara and attacking midfielder Joe Aribo to the club.

However, with Armando Broja returning to Chelsea following his successful loan spell, Shane Long departing and Tino Livramento set for an extended spell on the sidelines due to injury, further additions may well be required.

When quizzed about the full-back area last season, Hasenhuttl admitted that Southampton will ‘do something’ in the market to compensate for Livramento’s lengthy absence.  

“This is for sure that we have had three players who have always played this position this season, and now one is injured for a long time,” said the Austrian tactician. “We do something this summer on this position, this is also clear.”

What has Taylor said about Southampton?

Southampton have made a habit of picking up promising youngsters void of regular game time at England’s top clubs in recent years, and Taylor believes their interest in two other City talents shows there is ‘financial leverage to spend’.

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In an interview with GiveMeSport, he said: “I think a full-back and a striker are the priorities really for Southampton.

“We saw the Issa Kabore and the Liam Delap talks. To me, that shows there is still a bit more financial leverage to spend.”

Who could Southampton sign?

Fabrizio Romano previously revealed, as Taylor alluded to, that Southampton have opened talks with Manchester City over their right-back Issa Kabore.

The Citizens turned down a £17 million bid from Nottingham Forest for the 21-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Ligue 1 outfit Troyes.

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Romano also disclosed that Southampton have seen a £16m bid for Delap rejected by the reigning Premier League champions, forcing them to turn their focus onto alternative targets.

And The Athletic have also stated that Manchester United’s Brandon Williams and Feyenoord’s Marcus Pedersen are also on Hasenhuttl’s radar as he searches for reinforcements at full-back.

Only time will tell who Southampton are able to bring into the club, but the supporters will surely be hoping for some extra quality following their thrashing at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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