According to the Daily Mail, Fulham, Burnley, Cardiff City and Newcastle United are all in the hunt to sign Marseille winger Clinton N’Jie in this January transfer window, and their Premier League rivals Southampton should join the race.
As per the aforementioned report, the Ligue 1 club have made the 25-year-old available for loan with a view to a permanent switch being agreed in the summer transfer window.
The speedy winger joined Marseille in 2016 after a difficult spell with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. The 22-cap Cameroon international enjoyed far more regular game time with the French outfit and quickly made himself an important part of the squad at the Stade Velodrome.
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This season, however, N’Jie has been on the fringes of the first team, and has only managed five league outings. It seems, if he wants to get back to playing week in, week out, then he must once again seek pastures new.
A return to England, where he has unfinished business, appears likely, but before any of their top flight rivals can claim his signature Southampton ought to enter the race for N’Jie.
The Saints’ summer signing of Mohamed Elyounoussi simply hasn’t worked out. The Norwegian winger has struggled to adapt to the Premier League and has proved not to be the solution to Southampton’s attacking woes.
Ralph Hasenhuttl must now seek a new fix to this issue in his squad and bringing N’Jie to St Mary’s Stadium could be it given the pace he possesses, as well as the fact that he is available on loan – something that should appeal to them given funds may be limited this month.
The south coast club must act now and make sure that they’re the ones to give the Marseille man his shot at Premier League redemption.