Southampton are reportedly targeting a summer move for LASK Linz winger Thomas Goiginger according to The Daily Mail, but the link is hardly good news for Ralph Hasenhuttl and Saints fans ahead of next season.
The Daily Mail report that Southampton are prepared to make a £5m offer to lure Goiginger to St Mary’s.
The Austria international can play on either flank and boasts plenty of skill and pace, which could see him thrive in the Premier League.
His record of 14 goals and 17 assists in 40 appearances in all competitions this term is also certainly impressive.
The low cost nature of this transfer will likely not generate too much excitement among Saints fans, nor Hasenhuttl even if he is described as a long-term target for the Austrian, who will be hoping that big progress will be made this summer so they aren’t involved in another relegation battle next term.
The 51-year-old is a man used to success, having won titles as a player and manager in both Austria and Germany. The ambitious boss will want to shake up the Southampton squad and breathe new life into it in the coming months.
But interest in a £5m-rated player doesn’t suggest there’s a great deal to spend at Southampton, and that could be down to the significant amount of deadwood, such as Guido Carrillo, Jordy Clasie and Wesley Hoedt, still on the books.
Hasenhuttl told The Daily Echo earlier this month:
“I think everybody knows that although we are following the Southampton Way it is not only possible with this way to be successful and we have to sign players for sure.
“That is only possible with money and that is something everybody knows so we will spend money for sure. How much depends on what we get for the players we sell. That is also important.”
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The link to Goiginger would suggest the kitty is low until those unwated players leave, and that it is proving difficult to find buyers for them – not good news for Hasenhuttl.
He also said: “The most important goal is they are not too old and sign first or second contract and see us as a big chance to show up in the Premier League.”
Given Goiginger is 26 and has a number of clubs under his belt already, he hardly fits under this criteria either.
All in all, the winger doesn’t appear to be the signing, first-choice at least, either the manager or the supporters want through the door.