Opinion: Rangers should use Southampton’s Arfield interest to land Charlie Austin

Reports claim Southampton want to sign Scott Arfield this summer, so could Rangers work it to their advantage?

What’s the story?

Well, according to The Daily Mail, Saints have been impressed by Arfield’s form this season and hold a “concrete interest” in the Gers ace.

Saints have already had success bringing the likes of Steven Davis to the Premier League from Scotland, and the report claims they see Arfield as a risk-free investment around the £3m mark.

However, while £3m would provide a big boost to Steven Gerrard’s transfer kitty, the Gers should change course and request a swap deal for none other than Charlie Austin.

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From the outside looking in, it seems baffling that Austin doesn’t start every game for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side. The 29 year-old recorded an epic 18 goals and five assists in his first season in the Premier League back in 2013-14, and even despite being hampered by injuries has managed around a one-in-two ratio ever since.

And yet, the ex-QPR man is staring at a summer exit from St. Mary’s, having started just 11 league matches this season and The Telegraph reporting back in January that he has no future with the club.

With just one year left on his contract and a pretty poor injury history, the goal machine’s value will not be much higher than Arfield’s, so could the Gers work a swap deal?

Landing Austin would mean the club could survive without Alfredo Morelos if he is sold, or even use the two together in what would surely be a deadly partnership.

Rangers fans, what do you think? Would you give up Arfield to land Austin? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

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