Southampton must hijack West Ham move for £22m Porto attacker Moussa Marega

According to reports in The Daily Mail, West Ham United have held talks with FC Porto over a potential deal for £22m-rated attacker Moussa Marega, and their Premier League rivals Southampton must hijack any move.

What’s the word, then?

Moussa Marega in action for Porto

Well, The Daily Mail says that the Irons have been in discussions about bringing the impressive 27-year-old to the London Stadium, with the player’s agent – Mark McKay – the same one that helped them sign Dimitri Payet from Marseille previously.

The Daily Mail says that while the Mali international was a key part of his side’s Liga NOS title win last term having scored 22 goals in 29 Portuguese top-flight matches – and 23 in 40 in all competitions.

Should Marega, who has primarily played as a second striker, but can also play out wide and as a centre-forward, arrive in the capital, he would be competing with the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Felipe Anderson for a spot in the starting XI.

Why should Southampton hijack any move?

Well, while Saints have brought in Mohamed Elyounoussi to replace the outgoing Dusan Tadic, the fact that they only scored 37 goals in their 38 Premier League fixtures last term, as well as the fact they drew a blank in their 3-0 pre-season defeat to Derby County last weekend, is worrying.

The south coast outfit certainly look as though need further reinforcements in their attack with Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long both struggling to find the net last term and with Charlie Austin continuing to be hampered by injury, and bringing Marega to St Mary’s in a club-record deal could prove to be an inspired move – especially given his versatility.

Quick and strong in the air, the 27-year-old would add a new dimension to Southampton’s frontline.