Southampton are reportedly interested in signing Northampton Town striker Caleb Chukwuemeka with the 18-year-old having established himself as a first-team player with the Cobblers in League One.
According to the Daily Mail, Southampton and Club Brugge have both expressed an interest in signing the young forward, who has broken into the first-team after a sensational season with the U18s.
Last season saw Chukwuemeka contributed 16 goals and 14 assists for Northampton’s U18 side and as a result, he has been promoted to Keith Curle’s first-team in recent weeks as they look to avoid relegation back to League Two.
Comparisons could be made with Che Adams, who also established himself in the lower leagues before earning a move to Southampton in the summer of 2019.
The English forward had spells with Sheffield United and Birmingham City in League One and the Championship before making the move to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
After a slow start, he has established himself as a key player in the Austrian’s side, forming an excellent partnership up front with Danny Ings.
Chukwuemeka has shown that he also has an eye for goal, based on his superb statistics from last season and now he has some first-team experience under his belt, with 17 appearances and two goals to his name, the Saints should certainly consider a move for him now, before he begins to attract more interest.
Northampton manager Keith Curle was full of praise for the young striker back in September 2020, saying:
“Caleb has got an unpredictability about him and he can be unorthodox at times. What we’re trying to do is get the fundamentals in place in his play without taking away that excitement and that freedom in his play.”
Therefore, it seems as if Chukwuemeka is destined for a big future in the game and if Martin Semmens can seal a move for the youngster, it could represent an excellent piece of business for the South Coast club, especially as he is yet to sign a professional deal with the Cobblers, so he would be available for a small compensation fee.