Southampton made a blistering start to the season, but have faltered in recent weeks, losing four successive games to Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Burnley.
A bump in the road was to be expected after a summer of upheaval on the South Coast, and with the January transfer window just weeks away, manager Ronald Koeman will be given a period of time to bring in reinforcements.
One of the priorities for the Dutchman appears to be adding some support for striker Graziano Pelle. The Italian has impressed so far, but clearly needs someone with good pace and movement to play off him.
£12m summer signing Shane Long hasn't impressed, and with speculation linking the Saints with a move to re-sign Burnley star Danny Ings, it seems that Koeman has a specific type of striker in mind.
Now, reports in Italy suggest that Southampton are interested in signing Udinese striker Luis Muriel, who was being linked with a move to Liverpool less than 12 months ago.
The Colombian international, 23, was once tipped to be the next Ronaldo having dazzled with Lecce and then Udinese, but things have stalled for Muriel in recent months.
For instance, this season, Muriel has started just five games and is yet to find the back of the net, and it seems that Udinese are ready to move on as a result of his stagnation.
That could be appealing to Koeman, who should still see the potential in the speedy and skillful forward, and a cut-price deal may be ideal for Southampton next month.
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