Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has revealed that he will be looking to add more defenders into his squad after seeing Florin Gardos hit with a huge setback, Metro reports.
The 26-year-old suffered a serious knee injury that may now see him miss up to seven months of football, greatly limiting the club’s options in defence.
“It’s very sad news,” he said.
“He was going into his second season in Southampton and young, and that type of injury and you lose six or seven months and everybody is disappointed.
“That’s the priority, to bring in one or maximum two centre-backs.”
With Maya Yoshida and Jose Fonte the only two remaining senior centre-backs, the Dutch manager is likely to call up youngsters Jack Stephens and Jordan Turnbull, but is still keen on bringing in more experienced players.
The Saints loss three defenders the previous summer as they allowed the transfer of Calum Chambers to Arsenal, Dejan Lovren to Liverpool, and Luke Shaw to Manchester United.
In addition to that, they have now lost full-back Nathaniel Clyne to the Reds earlier this month after the player agreed a £12.5million move to Anfield.
Koeman has been rather quiet in regards to his transfer activities this month, so far only completing deals for right-back Cuco Martina from FC Twente and midfielder Jordy Clasie from Feyenoord.
The Saints were previously linked with a deal for Belgium international defender Toby Alderweireld, but was dealt a blow when he eventually decided to join rivals Tottenham Hotspur.