Report: Southampton eye Brentford centre-back Chris Mepham

New Southampton FC manager Ralph Hasenhüttl during his first press conference at the Staplewood Campus on December 6, 2018 in Southampton, England.

Southampton are reportedly keen on signing Brentford centre-back Chris Mepham, as he continues to impress in the Championship.

Chris Mepham of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford  at Villa Park on August 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (13/1; page 59), Southampton have become the latest side keen on signing Chris Mepham from Brentford during the January transfer window.

Ralph Hasenhuttl appears to be having an immediate impact on his side, having overseen three wins and a draw in his last six Premier League games. 

 

Nevertheless, he is apparently keen to improve his options this month. The Sun on Sunday (13/1; page 59) reports that the Saints have joined Leicester City and Bournemouth in the race to sign Mepham, who is rated at £15 million.

The Wales international has made 22 Championship appearances for the Bees this term, and is establishing himself as one of the finest centre-backs in the second tier.

Oribe Peralta #19 of Mexico has his shot blocked by Chris Mepham #5 of Wales during the second half of their friendly international soccer match at the Rose Bowl on May 28, 2018 in...

The report adds that the Saints may be willing to move a player on to ensure that they have the funds to make a deal happen, which perhaps provides an indication of how highly Hasenhuttl and his team rate the 21-year-old.

Southampton look a much more difficult side to break down since Hasenhuttl arrived. But they have still only managed to keep one clean sheet during his tenure, so strengthening their options at the back must be a key priority during this window.

Southampton's Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuttl awaits kick off in the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern...

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