Pochettino hints that Southampton may make late move

Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out the prospect of a new face arriving at St. Mary's, admitting that the club are working on things.

Earlier this month, Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino stated that the club would not be venturing into the January sales, preferring to rely on youth players to provide additional depth.

However, in recent weeks the side have seen injuries to Dejan Lovren, Victor Wanyama and Gastón Ramírez limit their options.

In addition, the continued suspension enforced by the club on record-signing Dani Osvaldo for his head-butt on team-mate Jose Fonte points towards a lack of options up front.

Osvaldo has been linked with a return to Italy on loan in the aftermath of last week's controversial incident. Inter Milan are thought to be keen to bring the fiery Italian to the San Siro after a move for Juventus's Mirko Vucinic broke down.

Rickie Lambert has a hamstring problem and requires an assessment ahead of tomorrow's visit of Arsenal, leaving Jay Rodriguez as the only available striker for the Saints.

Pochettino hinted that the south coast side could introduce a new face to proceedings before Friday's deadline, admitting that members of the club are "working on things".

The Argentine reiterated that as manager he will not become distracted by potential negotiations, insisting that there were other people at the club who would take responsibility for transfers.

“As the manager, I am fully focused on tomorrow’s match. We have other people to look after them,” Pochettino said.

"We are working on some things. We have a great group of scouts working for us.”

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