Report: Southampton join Premier League rivals in race to sign £6m Englishman

Southampton's Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuttl gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium in...

Fulham's Championship left-back Joe Bryan is reportedly a target for Nigel Pearson's Watford and Ralph Hasenhuttl's Saints.

Joe Bryan of Fulham during the FA Cup Third Round match between Fulham FC and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on January 04, 2020 in London, England.

Southampton have joined Watford in showing interest in Fulham left-back Joe Bryan, according to the Daily Mail.

These days, most clubs want at least two reliable options for each position so the fact that Ryan Bertrand remains the only top quality left-back at St Mary’s is a concern for a side who, despite a dramatic return to form in recent weeks, are not out of the relegation woods just yet.

Cedric Soares and Yan Valery have both filled in on the left under Ralph Hasenhuttl but they are far more comfortable on the opposition flank, while long-time benchwarmer Matt Targett was sold to Aston Villa over the summer.

 

So Bryan, one of the finest full-backs in the Football League, would fill a gap in Hasenhuttl’s squad should he choose Southampton over Premier League rivals Watford.

The former Bristol City flyer, a £6 million signing for The Cottagers in 2018, has produced 16 assists in his last three-and-a-half Championship campaigns with his boundless energy and pinpoint crosses making him a big hit wherever he goes.

Joe Bryan of Fulham celebrates with team mate Aboubakar Kamara after scoring his team's first goal during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Millwall and Fulham at The Den on...

Fulham manager Scott Parker has even deployed Bryan in a more attacking position of late, with the 26-year-old capable of playing as an orthodox left-back or in an advanced wing-back role.

The West London outfit will not let one of their key players leave on the cheap, however, with Fulham jostling to earn promotion back to the Premier League.

Joe Bryan of Fulham is challenged by Aaron Lennon of Burnley during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Burnley FC at Craven Cottage on August 26, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

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