According to a report in the Mirror, Southampton misfit Gaston Ramirez has become a target for Lazio and the Italian outfit could seek a deal as early as this January.
The 24-year-old arrived at St. Mary’s Stadium from Bologna in 2012 boasting an impressive reputation and plenty of potential to go on and become a real fans’ favourite for the club.
However, the Uruguayan forward ultimately failed to make an impact and spent the majority of last season on loan at Hull City, scoring just one as the Tigers suffered relegation from the Premier League.
With his contract set to expire next summer, he will walk away for free as things stand at the moment.
“Southampton forward Gaston Ramirez is a January target for Lazio. Ramirez is out of contract next summer but Southampton will look to try get a fee for him rather than lose him for nothing,” the report reads.
Why hasn’t it worked out?
Uruguayan ace Ramirez, similarly to compatriot Abel Hernandez at Hull, has seemingly just struggled to handle the rigors and pace of Premier League football.
He joins a long list of illustrious South American stars who have struggled in England, although there doesn’t appear to be any particular reason behind it.
Ramirez joined the Saints boasting a decent record in Italy and was widely regarded as one of Uruguay’s brightest talents having already featured for the national team 34 times.