Loftus-Cheek would be a terrific signing for Southampton

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek might be available on loan during the January transfer window, and Southampton should attempt to land the England international.

What’s the word, then?

Loftus-Cheek travelled with England to the 2018 World Cup following an impressive 2017-18 season on loan at Crystal Palace.

The midfielder made four appearances in Russia, and was expected to leave Chelsea once again on loan ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Indeed, Palace were believed to be desperate to re-sign Loftus-Cheek, whilst a number of other clubs were linked with moves during the summer.

Chelsea ultimately decided to keep hold of the 22-year-old, but he has only played 33 minutes of Premier League football this season.

It is not good for Chelsea nor Loftus-Cheek for the player to be on the sidelines this season, and he might well become available on a short-term loan in early 2019.

Why should Southampton sign him?

Loftus-Cheek might fancy a move away from London to concentrate on his football, and he would have the platform at Southampton to receive regular Premier League action.

Southampton had a difficult start to the season, but the Saints have now won their last two matches, including an impressive 2-0 success away to Palace last time out.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s form has caught the eye of the Southampton fans this season, while Mario Lemina was also excellent against Palace.

Loftus-Cheek has the skills to complement the pair in the middle of the midfield, and his addition would ensure that the Saints would have no relegation fears this season.

Chelsea would not be prepared to loan the Englishman to a direct rival in the Premier League, which could open the door for Southampton.