Three reasons Southampton must forget Carrillo and sign Fyodor Smolov instead
According to reports in The Telegraph on January 17, Southampton are attempting to quickly conclude a deal to bring Monaco striker Guido Carrillo to the club having missed out on Theo Walcott, who chose to join Everton instead.
The Telegraph says that the south coast outfit are now focused on signing the 26-year-old, who worked with manager Mauricio Pellegrino during the pair’s time with Argentine club Independiente, although The Guardian sport’s deputy news editor Ed Aarons says they have had a €20m (£17.6m) offer rejected.
Monaco have rejected Southampton's €20m offer for striker Guido Carrillo
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) January 19, 2018
The centre-forward has largely been a back-up for Radamel Falcao for Monaco this season, and he could be tempted by a move away this month in order to play more regularly – especially given the chance to link up with his former boss.
Meanwhile, West Ham United have been linked with a £15m move for Krasnodar striker and Russia captain Fyodor Smolov during the January window, although there is yet to be any offers for the 27-year-old according to the player’s agent, via The Sun, with the Irons yet to find buyers for Diafra Sakho or Javier Hernandez this month.
While Saints have seemingly got their own target lined up, bringing Smolov to St Mary’s could prove to be a shrewder move.
Here are three reasons Southampton must forget Carrillo and sign the Russian Premier League star instead…