In Focus: Southampton eye Udinese full-back

According to HITC, Southampton are interested in bringing Udinese defender Silvan Widmer to the club before the end of this month’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Southampton are expected to be busy in the latter stages of the winter window as head coach Mauricio Pellegrino looks to boost his struggling squad.

The Saints have not won in the Premier League since the end of November, with that poor run of form seeing them drop towards the relegation zone.

A new forward is believed to be high on the club’s list of priorities this month, but the South Coast outfit are also being linked with a number of defenders following the £75m sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool in the early stages of 2018.

According to HITC, Southampton are interested in signing Udinese full-back Widmer, who has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal.

What are Widmer’s credentials?

Widmer joined Udinese from Swiss outfit Aarau in the summer of 2013, and he has made over 100 Serie A appearances since making the move to Italian football.

A Switzerland international of nine caps, the full-back has scored once and provided two assists in 10 Serie A appearances for Udinese during the 2017-18 campaign.

Widmer still has two and a half years left on his contract at Udinese, but it is understood that the Italian club could be open to a sale for the right price in the latter stages of the month.

Southampton are bound to face competition for Widmer, who is valued at £8.1m by transfermarkt.co.uk, when considering that he should be available for a fair price.

However, if the Saints can pull off a deal for the consistent full-back, the club’s supporters would finally have something to cheer about entering the final months of the season.