Southampton may well be in for a busy summer in the transfer market after they only narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League this season.
Saints ended the campaign in 17th position following four successive top-eight finishes in the top flight, and the south coast outfit and vice-chairman Les Reed – who will go from zero to hero if he completes these three summer deals – will be determined to return to the top-half of the table next term after a disappointing year.
New manager Mark Hughes will already be planning the players he wants to bring to St Mary’s and the ones he wants to ship out, and he will be hoping that he is given a fair chunk of the £75m that was received for Virgil van Dijk in January to spend.
They have already been linked with a whole host of players this summer, including £25m-rated Norwich City playmaker James Maddison, and the highly-rated 21-year-old should be their top target as they look for more creativity and goal threat in the final third next term.
The left-back, centre-back, right-back, wing and striker positions could be others Hughes chooses to target if he gets the job, and the Welshman will know that he is under a little more pressure to get deals over the line with the window slamming shut on August 9 – two days before the new campaign gets underway.
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