Southampton closing on deal for Gunn

According to BBC Sport, Southampton are nearing a deal for Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

What’s the story?

Fraser Forster and Alex McCarthy shared the gloves at Southampton last season, and it would be fair to say that neither player really did enough to hold down the position on a regular basis.

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The Saints have already signed Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong this summer, but it appears that the Premier League club are nearing a third addition.

According to BBC Sport, City goalkeeper Gunn is heading for St Mary’s, with the 22-year-old expected to sign a long-term contract with Mark Hughes’ team.

Gunn, who has also previously been linked with Leeds United, is behind Ederson and Claudio Bravo in the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium, and will seemingly need to move on this summer in search of regular first-team action.

Would Gunn be a good signing?

Gunn, who trained with the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup, spent last season on loan at Norwich City in the Championship.

It would be fair to say that the stopper impressed at Carrow Road – keeping 15 clean sheets in his 46 Championship appearances during the 2017-18 campaign.

A number of clubs have been linked with a move for Gunn since it became clear that he would more than likely be leaving City ahead of the new season.

However, Southampton have seemingly won the race, and the Saints will be acquiring a player who is certainly capable of becoming a future England international having impressed for the Under-21s.

Neither Forster or McCarthy really did enough to win over the Southampton supporters last season, and 6ft 5in stopper Gunn could well turn out to be a fine solution to a problem position.