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Southampton are reportedly one of the Premier League teams that have been offered the opportunity to sign Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury on loan this month, and the 23-year-old could solve a key problem in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team.
Which is the word?
According to the Daily mailSouthampton, Newcastle and West Brom were offered the midfielder on loan during the January transfer window, as he battled for first-team minutes with Brendan Rodgers.
The England Under-21 international is reportedly desperate to play more regularly and could offer the Saints much-needed backing in midfield.
Does Southampton need it?
Southampton is flying high this season and sitting sixth in the Premier League after Monday’s 1-0 win against Liverpool, with the partnership of James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu in midfield, perhaps a key part of why they are doing so well this season, with the duo between four best performers for the Saints in the top flight this season.
However, they are limited in terms of backup options in central midfield, with Ibrahima Diallo and Will Smallbone being the only other senior players available to Hasenhuttl at that position.
Would Choudhury be a good signing for Southampton?
While Diallo has impressed in his limited appearances thus far, he has only made two Premier League starts since arriving in summer from Stade Brest, while Choudhury has 40 appearances in the top flight to his credit, which is comfortably more than Diallo and Smallbone combined, so he would add some experience to this young Saints team.
Another option in midfield would perhaps allow Hasenhuttl to allow Ward-Prowse to rest, as the captain has played every just minute of the season so far.
Hasenhuttl has accepted Previously, the only deal Southampton plans to do in January will be similar to the deal that saw them sign Kyle Walker-Peters last January, allowing them to evaluate it and sign it into a permanent deal in the summer, which could also result in either The Choudhury case.
Certainly the £ 7.2 million qualifying man doesn’t seem to be getting a peek under Rodgers this season, with only one exit and two substitutes in the Premier League, so this deal could make a lot of sense for Southampton, and it would arguably help address the real lack of options they have in central midfield.
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