Southampton must win race for Hannes Wolf

According to The Mirror, Southampton are in a battle with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to sign Red Bull Salzburg attacker Hannes Wolf.

What’s the story?

Southampton sacked Mark Hughes as head coach on Monday, with the Welshman failing to keep his job despite picking up a point against Manchester United at the weekend.

A number of different publications have claimed that former RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is the favourite to replace Hughes.

And according to The Mirror, Hasenhuttl is expected to target Red Bull Salzburg attacker Wolf as his first signing in the January transfer window.

Wolf, who is also being linked with Arsenal and Tottenham, is widely regarded as one of the most exciting young attackers in European football.

Just 19 years of age, Wolf will see his contract with Red Bull Salzburg expire at the end of next season, and the Austrian outfit may well be forced into a sale.

Wolf, tell me more about him…

Wolf joined Red Bull Salzburg in 2014, and progressed through the youth system before becoming a first-team regular.

In all, Wolf has made 70 first-team appearances for his current club, scoring 16 times and registering 18 assists in the process. His record this season, meanwhile, is four goals and nine assists in 21 appearances in all competitions.

The attacker had a record of 20 goals in 22 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg’s Under-16 outfit, and also inspired his side to UEFA Youth League glory in 2017.

Standing at 5ft 10in, Wolf possesses an excellent range of passing in addition to an impressive turn of speed, and is capable of operating in a number of different positions in the final third of the field.

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It will be difficult for Southampton to win the race for the teenager, but the arrival of Hasenhuttl as head coach could play a key role, with the 51-year-old previously managing Red Bull Salzburg’s German affiliates.