Caceres may have won titles with Barcelona and Juventus but could he cut it at Southampton?
Southampton have entered the race for free agent centre-back Martin Caceres, Calciomercato report, which should come as no surprise to anyone who witnessed their mauling by West Ham United on Saturday.
The Saints, so often a solid and organised unit, were pummelled by the visiting Hammers at the weekend; the 3-1 home defeat meaning they have now conceded ten goals in their last three matches in all competitions.
To rub salt into the wounds, former Saints captain Jose Fonte (below) looked an assured presence in claret and blue just a few weeks after forcing through an exit from the South Coast, while the three-month layoff for the inspirational Virgil Van Dijk means huge improvements are required from perennial understudy Maya Yoshida and youngster Jack Stephens.
Although, Calciomercato reports, Caceres could offer a possible solution. The 68-time Uruguayan international may not have played a single minute of football this season after his contract with Juventus expired in June but, after overcoming his injury problems, passed a medical at AC Milan only for the deal to fall through due to ‘economic’ problems.
Caceres, a six time league winner with Barcelona and Juventus and one-time champion of Europe, is still only 29 and, as a result, has plenty of time on his side to make an impact in another league.
However, the fact that ESPN reported that Crystal Palace decided not to offer Caceres a contract after a trial may cause some degree of concern. After all, he has not played more than 20 games in a league season since 2010/11.
Nonetheless, Southampton are desperately in need of reinforcements at the back and Caceres could be worth the risk.