Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger had claimed that he was unlikely to invest much in new players during the January transfer window (Daily Echo) – but it remains to be seen whether he will change his approach now with Ralph Hasenhuttl at the helm.
Hasenhuttl, whose high-octane, fast-pressing side could hardly be more different from that of his predecessor Mark Hughes, will surely be hoping to shape the squad in his own image as he aims to lead Southampton away from danger.
And breaking their transfer record for a powerful and potentially world-class centre-back would certainly be the sort of statement that would get supporters, and Southampton’s relegation rivals, sitting up and taking notice.
According to The Mirror (live blog, 3.46am), Hasenhuttl wants to reunite with his former Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, despite the fact that the France U21 international is valued at £30 million – £11 million more than current record signing Guido Carrillo.
The former Red Bull Salzburg youngster is one of Europe’s hottest defensive prospects and has been a regular in a Leipzig side with the best defensive record in the Bundesliga as things stand.
Hasenhuttl was far from impressed as his Saints side conceded chance after chance in the 3-1 midweek defeat at Spurs while Jannick Vestergaard’s horror-show gifted Cardiff the win on Saturday. Clearly, a quality centre-back is a must and Upamecano is exactly that.
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