Southampton remain interested in signing Barcelona forward Paco Alcacer, according to Mundo Deportivo.
In the build up to the January transfer window, the Spaniard was mentioned in the same breath as Southampton, but nothing came to fruition.
The coastal club have struggled to impose a serious threat up front having netted just 29 goals in 31 Premier League matches.
The lack of firepower was one of the reasons that led to Mauricio Pellegrino’s departure from St Mary’s.
Mark Hughes is now at the helm, but after last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to West Ham United, the club’s survival hopes have dwindled.
Despite the uncertainty of where the club will be playing next season, Southampton have their eye on Alcacer, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Spanish publication claims that a number of clubs are interested in the forward, who is considering his future due to a lack of game time at the Camp Nou.
If the Saints pull off a deal it would be a major coup, but if there is a chance, surely it would largely depend on whether the club suffer relegation or not.
Even though Alcacer has started just eight games in all competitions, including seven in La Liga, he has the quality to perform in a top division.
If Southampton drop into the Championship, it will be difficult for them to persuade the 24-year-old to join, particularly if he has attracted interest from a handful of clubs.
With seven games to go, the Saints sit two points from safety.