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Southampton tracking two as end of window approaches

Last Updated on by James King

For Saints fans, it has not been the best of transfer windows having witnessed star striker Danny Ings depart to Premier League rivals Aston Villa, while key centre back Jannick Vestergaard, plus experienced left-back Ryan Bertrand have both joined fellow top-flight club Leicester City. Supporters have also had to see Angus Gunn move to Norwich City and midfielder Mario Lemina link up with Nice.

Southampton tracking two as end of window approaches

Despite this though, they have still spent over £30 million on four players though for now, it remains to be seen how effective these are. At over £15 million, Adam Armstrong, brought in from Blackburn Rovers, could be seen as a risk, while Ligue 1 left-back Romain Perraud for £10 million has never played in the Premier League.

Both Valentino Livramento and Dynel Simeu (right-back and centre-back respectively), joined from Chelsea Under 23s and have minimal Premier League experience.

 

Which players are on the agenda?

As a result, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to strengthen appropriately before the transfer window shuts, with the club linked to Torino’s Brazilian centre back Lyanco in recent days.

It is understood that a fee is close to being agreed between the two clubs for the player, who has also been linked with Watford this summer, while it is hoped that the 24-year-old who appears to have plenty of promise can replace Vestergaard in the heart of the defence.

Lyanco is definitely at the right age and is good with the ball at his feet, though he was part of Torino team that finished 16th in Serie A last season, with Lyanco managing 23 league appearances.

Meanwhile, the Saints are reportedly looking to secure the signing of Celtic attacking midfielder Ryan Christie for a cut-price fee. The 26-year-old will be out of contract at the end of December, though if Southampton are keen, they will need to move quickly, with Burnley and Sheffield United also said to be keen on the player.

In 149 appearances for Celtic, Christie has scored 41 goals and supplied 44 assists, so he could well have an impact for the south coast side, especially if he can form a good relationship with new striker, Armstrong.

Saints have previously done business with Celtic when they most notably signed Dutch centre back Virgil van Dijk who later joined Liverpool for over £70 million and has become one of the best centre-backs in the world.