Southampton fans have taken to Twitter to react after it was reported by Sky Sports that the Saints have been offered the chance to sign New York Red Bulls centre-back Aaron Long.
The USA international – who has won 14 caps for his country – almost joined West Ham back in the summer although the Hammers were unable to do a deal due to Long’s inability to secure a work permit.
Such an issue will no longer be a problem, as the 27-year-old has now qualified for a work permit having earned more international caps since then.
French giants Marseille are also interested in the 6 foot 1 defender this January, who has a $6m (£4.6m) release clause in his contract with the New York-based side.
One fan asked if Long could play left-back and right-back, whereas another questioned if Ralph Hasenhuttl would want to sign a 27-year-old.
Let’s take a look at some more of the Twitter reaction from the Southampton supporters…
Not sure Ralph would want to sign a 27 year old, going on things that have been said.
— 🧣NI Saints (@NI_Saints) November 17, 2019
Can he play left back and right back? 😬
— Steve Jones (@fleetsaints) November 17, 2019
Does he have a desire to play in the championship next season
— Saint James (@Moody_boy18883) November 17, 2019
If he can keep the ball out our End Zone then he might be half decent….😏 #Saintsfc
— Stephen Trott (@trotty1805) November 17, 2019
Please, please, pick him up! A decent ball-playing defender who has both physicality and speed. Doubt that he will make the starting XI right away but is a player who can still develop over time. $6m is also a huge bargain, though.
— Daryl Gouilard 🇻🇳 🇦🇺 (@dgouilard) November 17, 2019
IMO it would be interesting to see if he can handle it. He needs to play European football, but the leap from MLS to PL is staggering. Guessing this push came from U.S. soccer where he has shown competent at International level. Wins set pieces on both sides of the pitch.
— Erik Franzo (@EFranzo17) November 17, 2019