Southampton are yet to really get going in the market this summer, having made just the one addition so far, although there could well be a familiar feel about their next move.
Newly appointed manager Mauricio Pellegrino and his side have this week returned from their pre-season training camp in Austria where Claude Puel’s predecessor had time to asses the needs of his new squad before moving into the market this summer.
And it seems the new boss will be following a well worked formula at St. Mary’s if reports from Mail Online are to be believed.
The Mail claim that the Saints are interested in a season-long loan deal for Manchester City playmaker Patrick Roberts after he impressed during his time with Celtic over the past couple of seasons.
Since their return to the Premier League the southerners have done well in taking the shining lights from Celtic Park and bringing them into the top flight on a regular basis, with Fraser Forster, Virgil van Dijk and the now Tottenham midfielder all joining Southampton after starring for the Bhoys.
The links seem popular with the Saints fans on Twitter and, while some would rather see a permanent deal, the irony of the Celtic link is not being lost…
Patrick Roberts will be a brilliant loan signing #saintsfc
— Samuel Wells (@samuelwells0608) July 19, 2017
I would happily take Patrick Roberts at #SaintsFC! Promising young player, cracking season on loan at Celtic! Loan w/ view to permanent deal
— Callum James Guy (@CallumJamesGuy_) July 18, 2017
Patrick Roberts would be a great signing, however loan deal would need a view to permanent imo. #saintsfc
— Sam Hammond (@SamHammondRS) July 18, 2017
Big fan of us getting Roberts. However… on loan, not so sure… & I doubt he’d be cheap if we were to buy him #SaintsFC
— Saint Harris (@LHarrisSFC) July 18, 2017
— Conor Dunford (@ConorDunford1) July 18, 2017
Our Celtic scout is wanting to hit his bonus again !
— ItchenNorth (@mptterrell) July 19, 2017