According to reports in The Mirror, Southampton are leading Premier League rivals Newcastle United, Brighton and Hove Albion and Crystal Palace in the race to sign Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan.
The 21-year-old looks set to leave Stamford Bridge in search of first team football this summer having made just six Premier League appearances for the Blues last term, and 11 in all competitions.
New Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino is looking to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season and he could be closing in on a deal for the England Under-21 international.
Southampton supporters were quick to have their say on the rumour via social media, and they were divided with their opinions.
While some believe he would be a great addition and is “perfect” for the club, others would be mad at bringing in a young player on loan when they have just sent Harrison Reed out on loan to Norwich City.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Mixed views on a potential move for Ruben Loftus-Cheek. He's a player I rate seriously highly and I'd personally love him here. #saintsfc
— Luke Osman (@LukeOsmanRS) July 8, 2017
Loftus-Cheek on loan with an option to buy would be a brilliant bit of business #SaintsFC
— Jem (@SFC_Jem) July 7, 2017
Honestly don't see why fans are so excited at the prospect of signing Loftus-cheek on loan #saintsfc
— Andrew (@andrewh2k17) July 8, 2017
Defended Saints to the death even when it's not easy to do so, if we sign Loftus Cheek on loan then I will fume. #Saintsfc
— Andrew Stokes (@Andrew_Stokes_) July 8, 2017
— Ryan Morriss (@ryanmorriss040) July 8, 2017
Loftus-Cheek is perfect for us. Young, talented, English. But if he comes in I expect clasie to go to Italy #saintsfc
— John Lush (@john_lush) July 8, 2017
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