Do Southampton have a ready-made replacement for £27m star?

Luke Shaw

If Luke Shaw departs is Matthew Targett the man to replace him?

Southampton's success appears to have come at a price.

Tottenham have poached their manager Mauricio Pochettino, Liverpool snapped up star striker Rickie Lambert and now the likes of Dejan Lovren, Morgan Schneiderlin and Adam Lallana are being targeted by the biggest names in the game.

Not to mention Luke Shaw.

The flying left-back, who featured for England against Costa Rica yesterday, has been linked with Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

But it is reportedly at Old Trafford where he wants to hang his hat.

It is reported that Shaw is a £27 million target for The Red Devils and that he would prefer a move to work under Louis van Gaal over any other potential deal.

So with Shaw potentially on his way what does Ronald Koeman, the new Saints boss, do about the left-back position.

Some might say that The Saints already have a ready made replacement in the shape of youngster Matt Targett.

The 18-year-old left-back is certainly a talent worthy of a shout. He turns 19 in September, so is certainly not too young, and in January of 2013 it was reported the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United were tracking his progress - with good reason.

He changed allegiance from Scotland in 2013 and is now a regular in the England under-19 side at left-back. Certainly not up there with Shaw and previous left-back graduate Gareth Bale when it comes to speed, he is no slouch either. He also makes up for it with a wonderful crossing ability and technical prowess that the Southampton academy prides itself on.

If Shaw leaves, Southampton have another youngster waiting in the wings - and judging by their recent history, plenty more to follow.

So there is still room for optimism at St Marys, even during a raid.

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