Southampton must jump at chance to sign Puel flop Ghezzal from Leicester

Southampton should jump at the chance to sign Rachid Ghezzal from Leicester City in January.

The Foxes are struggling under the management of Claude Puel, and the Frenchman could soon be set to depart the club, which could well spark something of an exodus.

What’s the word?

Leicester boss Puel has come under fire from supporters for a perceived negative style of play, despite helping the club to survival last season.

The Foxes are currently eighth in the Premier League, but they have won as many games as they have lost thus far this season.

Ghezzal could be a major casualty of the club changing manager – The Sun claim that Brendan Rodgers, Celtic’s boss, has already been identified as a potential replacement – after playing just 574 minutes in the top-flight thus far this term.

Leicester paid £10million to sign the Algeria international in the summer, with Ghezzal secured as a replacement to Riyad Mahrez, who joined Manchester City.

Ghezzal and Puel worked together at Lyon, with the manager playing a key role in securing his signature.

It is not hard to imagine, then, that the winger could depart if Puel is also relieved of his duties, and Southampton offers a logical escape route.

Ghezzal perfect for Hasenhuttl

The Southampton manager is crying out for a winger in the January transfer window.

The one thing the Saints need is genuine pace and guile on the flanks, particularly after the injury sustained by Michael Obafemi which is currently keeping the attacker on the sidelines.

Ghezzal is a fantastic dribbler, and is excellent at threading a pass through the eye of a needle, while he also offers speed in abundance and genuine versatility; he has the ability to play on either wing, as a central striker and as an attacking midfielder.

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The 26-year-old is perfectly suited to the high-tempo style being employed by Hasenhuttl at St Mary’s, and would be a bargain buy between now and the transfer deadline.

His and Puel’s destinies appear entwined, and the sacking of the current Foxes boss could well see a deal struck.

Southampton arguably need him more than Leicester do, and it would be a smart piece of business on both sides.

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