The Saints did most of their business early, landing Angus Gunn, Jannik Vestergaard, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong, but it has been clear for some time that Mark Hughes needs another striker.
Shane Long has never been the most prolific striker, the goals dried up for Manolo Gabbiadini last season, and Charlie Austin's injuries mean that he can't really be relied upon to lead the line all season.
Now, The Mirror report that Southampton are chasing a Premier League-sanctioned extension in order to try and push through a late deal for Liverpool striker Danny Ings, with the Saints cutting it very, very fine.
It's stated that the request has been made, and Southampton now have to hope that they submitted all the necessary paperwork to be given a two-hour extension and attempt to finalise the deal before 7pm.
Ings, 26, is down the pecking order at Liverpool and has been told he can leave, with the Reds hoping to offload him before the deadline, only for Crystal Palace to back away from a deal.
Now though, Southampton could come in and save the day for the Reds and for Ings himself, who would no doubt relish regular playing time in the Premier League – especially with Southampton.
Ings was born in Hampshire and started his career with the Saints, meaning any deal would be a real homecoming for the former Burnley goalscorer – and whilst it's unclear whether it would be a loan move or a permanent deal, with Liverpool seeking £20million, Southampton now face a nervous wait.
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