Matt Targett came through the youth system at Southampton, and the full-back has made 42 first-team appearances for the Saints in all competitions.
The defender actually appeared on 20 occasions during the 2015-16 season, but struggled for football during the 2016-17 campaign, and also in the first half of last term.
The 22-year-old moved to Fulham on loan during the January transfer window, and the former England Under-21 international played a key role in the Cottagers securing Premier League promotion via the playoffs.
It has been claimed that Southampton boss Mark Hughes is not prepared to sell Targett, who is valued at £2.7m by transfermarkt.co.uk, this summer despite Fulham wanting to sign him once again.
The club’s supporters have been reacting to the news, and there are those who are pleased to learn that the defender could be staying at St Mary’s.
That said, there are also some Southampton fans who feel that Targett staying means that Ryan Bertrand, who has been strongly linked with a move away, will depart ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
— alex (@alexjameslowry) June 19, 2018
Nah I think Bertrand can play as 3rd CB and Matty as wing back like under Koeman
— Gregory Smith (@gregrsmith1987) June 19, 2018
Might have been worth us letting Fulham have him on loan again and him getting a full season in the premier league playing regularly. Although we don’t know what’s going on with Berts or McQueen. I like Targett though. Think he could be a good player for us #saintsfc
— Martin Ferguson (@MartFergie) June 19, 2018
Presumably that means Ryan Bertrand won’t then.
— John Doswell (@dossie1954) June 19, 2018
The only way he stays is if we sell Bertrand, he’s not Gunna sit in the bench
— pathways closed! ? (@Legendoftelfer) June 19, 2018
— Nathan marks (@Nathanmarks333) June 19, 2018
Something positive for once
— simon (@southeastsaint) June 19, 2018
Let’s hope he gets more games this season ?
— Jo Wright (@jojo1406) June 19, 2018