Southampton target Josh Dacres-Cogley; but Birmingham City is his dream

Southampton manager Claude Puel

The 20-year-old right-back has impressed in just six senior appearances.

In this madcap, money fuelled modern world where Jake Livermore is considered a £15 million midfielder, Southampton’s eye for a bargain and their trust in young players is all the more refreshing.

And, according to The Sun, Birmingham City right-back Josh Dacres-Cogley has worked his way onto The Saints’ radar as they aim to add another exciting British talent to their ever-growing collection.

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The 20-year-old only made his first-team debut against Brentford in late November but his composure in possession and athleticism in attack immediately caught the eye.

Blackburn Rovers' Elliott Bennett in action with Birmingham City's Josh Cogley

He certainly wouldn’t look out of place in a Southampton side who place a huge attacking impetus on their jet-heeled full-backs.

And, after just five more appearances in the first-team, The Sun report that The Saints are ready to make their move though, having joined the club at 14, Dacres-Cogley has developed an affinity to Birmingham – one that could block Southampton’s advances, for now at least.

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“I want to keep on working hard and keep on trying to get in the team - that’s the aim. I want to be a permanent member in this team,” Dacres-Cogley said earlier in the season, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.

Blackburn Rovers' Sam Gallagher in action with Birmingham City's Josh Dacres-Cogley

“It’s been a dream. I have been wanting this since I was a little kid, I just want to kick on now.”

Regardless of the allure of the Premier League, Dacres-Cogley appears unlikely to give up his dream after just two months.

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