According to Greek news outlet SDNA, Southampton and Crystal Palace are interested in signing Olympiakos goalkeeper Jose Sa, while they also state that West Ham are ‘reportedly’ keen on the glovesman – the Hammers’ interest originates from Estadio Deportivo.
Well, after an eye-catching season so far, it seems like the Portuguese keeper is an in-demand figure.
As well as the Premier League trio, La Liga outfit Real Betis are also keeping tabs on the 27-year-old who has been in fine form this term.
His efforts have helped the Green giants reach the last 16 of the Europa League, while Sa’s brilliant performances in goal have also seen Olympiakos lead the Greek Super League by seven points.
Although Alex McCarthy is Southampton’s No.1 right now, it feels as if Ralph Hasenhuttl isn’t truly convinced by either of his goalkeepers.
The former RB Leipzig boss began the season with Angus Gunn, although dropped the former Manchester City man after the 9-0 defeat to Leicester, at which point he had conceded 25 goals in ten games during a run of unconvincing displays – he hasn’t played a minute in the Premier League since.
Hasenhuttl then drafted in the ex-Reading keeper McCarthy who, while he has been a capable presence, doesn’t appear to be truly admired by the Austrian seeing as Southampton were willing to listen to offers for him and Fraser Forster as recently as the summer – you wouldn’t practically put a player up for sale if you rated them.
So, it very much feels as if the Saints boss is merely balancing between his two average options in goal with no outright No.1 at his disposal – a swoop for Sa would potentially hand him that leading glovesman who he has lacked since arriving at St Mary’s.
In other news, this Ronald Koeman signing worth £400k per goal saw Southampton land a bargain gem…