As reported by The Sun, Bournemouth are preparing a January bid for Brentford centre-back Chris Mepham.
However, before the Cherries can land their man, Southampton would be wise to fight them for the 20-year-old’s signature.
The 6’3” defender broke into the Bees’ first team last season and has since made himself a reliable, regular stalwart of their backline.
The Saints’ defence is in desperate need of an injection of quality strength in depth, and offering the young Wales international the opportunity to step up to the top tier would be a smart way for Mark Hughes to add to his ranks at St Mary’s Stadium.
Whilst Mepham may lack top level experience, he has shown enough quality in the Championship to demonstrate that he has what it takes to thrive in the Premier League.
Plenty of Saints fans agree that the Brentford man would be a fine January addition to the squad. 65% of those we asked stated that they’d be in favour of a winter pursuit of Mepham’s signature. See the full results below.