Three reasons Southampton must hijack Bournemouth’s bid to sign Charly Musonda

According to reports in the Evening Standard, Bournemouth want to sign Chelsea attacker Charly Musonda on loan until the end of the season.

The Evening Standard says that the Blues are willing to let the 21-year-old leave on a temporary basis following the £15m arrival of Ross Barkley from Everton last week, and Cherries boss Eddie Howe watched the startlet score a brace in the as the west London outfit’s U23 side beat Portsmouth 2-1 win in the Checkatrade Trophy at Fratton Park on Tuesday night.

The report adds that the young Belgium U21 international is likely to attract interest from other clubs in the Premier League and in the Championship too, but the English top flight holders will want guarantees that he will play regularly in the second-half campaign at whichever team he joins.

Meanwhile, Southampton manager Mauricio Pelllegrino will be keen to strengthen his own squad during the January transfer window following a disappointing campaign, which sees them only lie above the relegation zone on goal difference.

The Argentine chief is likely to focus his business on attacking areas with his team scoring just 21 goals in their 22 Premier League matches so far this term, and bringing Musonda to St Mary’s could prove to be a shrewd move.

Here are three reasons Southampton must hijack Bournemouth’s bid to sign the Belgian…