Three reasons Southampton must sign Salif Sane to partner Hoedt this month

Southampton sold star centre-back Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool in a £75m deal at the start of January, and it appears as though bringing in a replacement for the Dutchman before the January transfer window shuts isn’t a priority.

The Telegraph reported on Saturday that the club are eyeing a £50m double swoop for Spartak Moscow forward Quincy Promes and Monaco striker Guido Carrillo, with no mention of any defensive reinforcements.

However, given Saints currently find themselves in the relegation zone and have conceded 35 goals in 24 Premier League matches this season, perhaps it should be more of a priority.

Harry Kane’s header against them in their 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s on Sunday was just another in a long line of headed goals against them in recent weeks, and individuals like Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida have often been caught out in the air.

Meanwhile, Hannover 96 defeder Salif Sane, who is rated at £7.2m according to Transfermarkt, has arguably been his team’s best performer in the Bundesliga this season.

If Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino is looking for a new centre-back before January 31 then bringing the Senegal international to St Mary’s could prove to be a shrewd move.

Here are three reasons Southampton must sign Sane to partner Hoedt this month…