Three reasons Southampton must sign Jullien as club eye late January centre-back deal
According to reports in The Times, Southampton’s January business won’t be finished even if they complete a club-record deal for Spartak Moscow forward Quincy Promes, with manager Mauricio Pellegrino also eyeing a new centre-back.
The Premier League strugglers have only signed Monaco striker Guido Carrillo so far during the January transfer window following the £75m departure of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool at the start of the month, and it looks as though Saints could be busy before the close of play on Wednesday – the same night they face a crucial clash at home to Brighton and Hove Albion in the top flight.
Wesley Hoedt, Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida have all filled in at the heart of the defence following the departure of Van Dijk, but Pellegrino may feel that they are missing some of the qualities that the Dutchman brought to the role.
While the south coast outfit would ideally be looking to sign someone with Premier League experience, it won’t be easy to get a good value for money deal and looking to Ligue 1 and bringing Toulouse defender Christopher Jullien, who was a £10m target for them earlier in 2017 according to The Sun, to St Mary’s instead could prove to be a shrewd move.
Here are three reasons Southampton must sign the 24-year-old as the club line up a late January swoop for a centre-back…