Southampton scouting Matt Jones - the English goalkeeper playing in Portugal

Southampton Fans

According to reports in Portugal, Southampton are eyeing a move for goalkeeper Matt Jones.

Southampton's great start to the season means that they now have a legitimate chance of breaking into the top four, especially given the underwhelming starts made by Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham.

In order to gain a Champions League spot, they will need to add a few more players in January, with squad depth needed - and manager Ronald Koeman will be trusted in the transfer market.

The Dutchman has had a number of impressive signings already, with Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand, Toby Alderweireld, Sadio Mane, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle all playing key roles in the Saints' amazing start to the campaign.

Fans are hoping to see another midfielder, winger and striker arrive at St. Mary's Stadium in the New Year, but Koeman may be focusing on another area.

According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Southampton are sending scouts to watch Belenenses goalkeeper Matt Jones in their upcoming game against Arouca.

Jones, 28, is English but left Britain at the age of 19 having failed to make the grade at West Bromwich Albion, moving on Sacred Heart Pioneers and Western Mass Pioneers before earning a move to Portugal with Santa Clara.

Impressive displays led to a switch to Uniao Madeira before a failed trial with Aberdeen resulted in him joining Belenenses, where has been first choice for over two years.

It's a bizarre career to date, but Jones' less traveled path to the Premier League could finally be reaching its end, with Southampton looking for an understudy to Forster.

Artur Boruc's future looks bleak, Kelvin Davis is now 38 and Paulo Gazzaniga has failed to impress since joining from Gillingham in 2012.

Jones has earned rave reviews in Portugal, and earning a big move would be a great reward for a player who did what few Englishmen do - take the plunge and ply their trade in Europe rather than stagnate in England.

Hopefully, Jones' situation and possible transfer will be the trigger for more players to follow suit.

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