Report: Southampton want Swansea City star Connor Roberts

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl during a Southampton FC press conference at the Staplewood Campus on January 03, 2019 in Southampton, England.

Connor Roberts scored five Championship goals for Swansea last season but will that pave the way for a move to the Premier League with Southampton?

Connor Roberts of Swansea City thanks home supporters after the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers at the Liberty Stadium on September 29, 2018 in...

Southampton are keeping tabs on Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts, according to the Sun.

Ralph Hasenhuttl is expected to demand a number of additions in his first summer in charge of the Saints and Standard Liege winger Moussa Djenepo already appears to be on the verge of arriving, having agreed terms ahead of a £14 million move.

The Sun adds that Hasenhuttl wants a new creative midfielder and a commanding centre-half while extra depth at right-back is required too with Cedric Soares expected to be sold after a disappointing loan spell at Inter Milan.

 

And Roberts, a highly-rated Welsh international, could be Cedric’s replacement.

The 23-year-old was one of the stand out performers in a difficult season for Swansea, scoring five goals in 43 Championship games. Roberts signed a new contract until 2022 in November but, with Swansea short of funds, don’t rule out a departure from the Liberty Stadium this summer.

Connor Roberts,Brandon Fleming during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Hull City at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea on Saturday 27th April 2019.

"His energy levels are always there, we are 3-0 up in games and he is still going, he never stops,” former Swansea manager Graham Potter told the club’s official website in April.

"He has had a lot of games, internationals too, but he is that type that just wants to play and physically he is a very impressive specimen."

Should Roberts swap Swansea for the Saints, he will be tasked with battling fellow youngster Yann Valery for a starting spot in Hasenhuttl’s XI.

Swansea City's Connor Roberts vies for possession with Sheffield Wednesday's David Jones as George Boyd watches on during the The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Replay match between Swansea...

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