The Argentine striker on Southampton's radar

Southampton Football Club

TalkSport has reported that Southampton are eyeing up one of Lazio’s best strikers.

There are many strikers Saints fans would have had an eye on this January but Mauro Zarate is unlikely to have been one of them.

TalkSport has reported that the Saints will try to sign the striker before the end of the January transfer window, owing to the current injury to key player Adam Lallana.

It would be a fantastic move if Southampton managed to land the former Argentina Under-20 international because he is good enough to warrant a move to a bigger Premier League side.

Southampton have been very active so far in the transfer window with manager Nigel Adkins, appearing keen to make several signings which will take the pressure off of the club heading into the second half of the season.

Zarate is likely to welcome the move as he is failing to make the first team squad at Lazio, let along the starting eleven and there are many reasons it would be a good move for all parties concerned.

If Southampton can sign him on a loan deal or even a short term contract then they are getting a player who doesn’t have a prolific goalscoring record but an efficient one.

He is very similar to current Saints forward Rickie Lambert in the respect that he is an imposing figure on the pitch and likes to dominate the opposition defence. This is despite the fact he’s only five feet nine inches tall.

His stocky and strong build means Southampton could throw him in at the deep end of Premier League football and he’s already used to the English game having played 14 games for Birmingham during a loan spell in 2008.

Zarate’s agent has confirmed that he is looking to Lazio and his availability is important for Southampton because if they go for him, they’ll have to get a deal tied up quickly so they don’t end up missing out on his services.

The problem now is convincing him to join a club at the wrong end of the Premier League table when he has plenty of other offers to consider.

The length of any contract is also going to be important unless Southampton secure a loan deal.

Zarate is only 25-years-old so he will be looking for some long term investment and insurance. He is unlikely to be looking for a short term deal because he has been passed around via loan deals often in his career.

We’ve selected a video of some of Zarate’s best goals and moments.

If you’re a Southampton fan, would you welcome this signing?

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