In Focus: Quincy Promes comment suggests Southampton move could happen

Southampton target Quincy Promes has hinted that a move to St Mary’s before the January transfer window slams shut could still be on the cards via his official Instagram account.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Russia media outlet soccernews.ru reported on Friday that the 26-year-old wasn’t keen on joining ‘one of the worst clubs in the Premier League’, with Saints currently lying 18th in the standings.

However, the Dutchman, who is reported to have a release clause of €35m (£30.7m) in his contract, responded to a fan account on Instagram saying the story is “false”.

Whether the forward is talking about the story as a whole or him not wanting to move to Southampton, it is certainly an interesting development.

How has Promes done this season?

He has been excellent.

The attacker has scored 15 goals – including two in the group stages of the Champions League – and provided a further eight assists in 25 appearances in all competitions, while he has 58 goals in 115 matches for Spartak in total following his move from Twente in 2014.

Would he be a good signing for Southampton?

He certainly would be.

The Netherlands international would bring the pace, creativity and goal threat in attack that the south coast outfit have been missing since Sadio Mane left for Liverpool in 2016, and that is what Pellegrino’s men need given that they have only scored 24 goals in 24 Premier League matches this season.

Will they get him before Wednesday?

It’s difficult to say.

Southampton will have to smash their transfer record by more than £10m – the £19m they paid to sign Guido Carrillo on Thursday – to bring the forward to St Mary’s, and it remains to be seen whether they are willing to take that risk.

That said, given the predicament they find themselves in and with relegation a distinct possibility right now, it would probably be a smart move.