Three reasons Southampton must hijack Leeds’ bid to sign Aleksandar Prijovic

According to reports by Goal Cyprus last month, Leeds United are interested in signing PAOK striker Aleksandar Prijovic before the January transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.

The Yorkshire outfit are still looking for a long-term replacement for Chris Wood with Pierre-Michel Lasogga only on loan from Hamburg and struggling to make a significant impact, although Goal Cyprus says they could have to pay Prijovic’s €10m (approximately £8.8m) release clause if they want to bring the Swiss-born centre-forward to Elland Road.

However, Sportske reported last week that the Greek outfit may be willing to accept an offer of €4.5m (approximately £4m) for the 27-year-old, boosting the Whites’ chances of adding the Serbia international to their squad as they look to challenge for promotion from the Championship this term.

Meanwhile, Southampton have endured a disappointing season under Mauricio Pellegrino and are only above the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference, and having sold Virgil van Dijk in a £75m deal they are likely to look to boost their attacking options before January 31.

A hamstring injury to Charlie Austin is a real cause for concern for the south coast outfit right now with Pellegrino admitting on Thursday that he has no other striker with the same profile as the 28-year-old in his squad, and therefore bringing Prijovic to St Mary’s this month could prove to be a shrewd move.

Here are three reasons Southampton must hijack Leeds’ bid to sign the attacker…