Southampton: Hasenhuttl 'clearly looking' for key signing at St Mary's

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl celebrates

Southampton selling Che Adams would be a strange decision, according to Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor.

The Saints striker’s future at St Mary’s Stadium in recent weeks and Taylor reckons his recent upturn in form makes links away from the club even more confusing.

What’s the latest news involving Adams?

Forty-eight hours after Adams was left out of the starting XI and then on the bench by Ralph Hasenhuttl at Tottenham, The Athletic revealed that Southampton were ‘willing’ to lose him this summer.

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But talkSPORT claimed two days later that Saints in fact have ‘no plans’ on selling the striker, who’s been their main source of goals beyond James Ward-Prowse since Danny Ings’ departure last year.

Adams returned starting line-up against Leeds later that week and has since enjoyed a purple patch in front of goal by scoring twice against Leicester and Cambridge in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

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Hasenhuttl has since confirmed Adams will not be leaving and Taylor reckons the Scotland international has done more than enough to warrant his place in the side, especially being one of just two players currently at the club to score more than five goals last term.

What did Taylor say about Adams?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “It’s clear that Southampton are looking at a striker, which I find bizarre given how well Che Adams has performed in the last two games.”

Which strikers have Southampton been linked with?

Hasenhuttl currently three strikers at his disposal, but beyond Adams are Adam Armstrong, who’s scored twice in the Premier League since his switch from Blackburn last summer and the inexperienced Sekou Mara.

Therefore, the Saints manager wants to bring in reinforcements before Thursday’s deadline, although it won’t come in the shape of Manchester City youngster Liam Delap, who recently joined Stoke on loan.

Southampton have since turned their attentions to Benfica ace Goncalo Ramos, with The Athletic claiming that Saints have recently held talks over a £25m deal for the 21-year-old.

Ramos has made a blistering start to this season, registering five goals and four assists in just six outings to help his side qualify for the Champions League group stages and make a perfect start to their league campaign.

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