Worth the gamble? £4m Bundesliga winger could be January bargain for Southampton

Southampton are reportedly lining up a January move to sign Werder Bremen winger Eljero Elia.

After a phenomenal start to the campaign, Southampton have hit something of a bump in the road, losing their last four Premier League games.

Still, Saints fans have little reason to worry, with Ronald Koeman building an impressive side at St. Mary's Stadium. In order to secure a top eight finish again, Southampton may need to add more players in the January transfer window, with their thin squad already being exposed ahead of the busy Christmas period.

Bringing in another winger should be high on Koeman's list of priorities, given that there is currently little competition for Sadio Mane and Dusan Tadic out wide.

The likes of Jesus Corona and Joel Campbell have already been linked with January moves to the South Coast, but now Koeman is being touted to make a move for his compatriot Eljero Elia.

Elia, 27, was a highly rated youngster with Twente and Hamburg, leading to a 2011 move to Juventus, but he played only four times before heading back to Germany with Werder Bremen just a year later.

The speedy wide man has failed to hit the heights of his former glories in recent years, and despite starting half of Werder's games this season, Elia is being lined up for a move to Southampton, with Bremen rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga table.

Having struggled in recent seasons, why should Southampton be pursuing a move for Elia?

Elia is a bag of tricks, possessing great pace to beat full backs, but often his final ball lets him down. Having lost a lot of confidence of late, Elia needs to be playing in a team on the rise such as Southampton, rather than a team in rapid decline in Werder Bremen.

Koeman will be familiar with Elia giving his reputation in the Netherlands, and will no doubt see him as cover or competition for Mane on the left wing, where the pressure will be off Elia after a tough time of late - and if Koeman can rediscover Elia's best form, the reported £4m fee could be a bargain.

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