Southampton’s hopes of signing VVV Venlo striker Giorgos Giakoumakis this summer have been handed a boost, with the Dutch side expected to demand less than £9m for his services this summer.
The Saints were first linked with the Greece international by TEAMtalk last month, with Brighton and Norwich City also touted with an interest in the forward.
Despite his best efforts, however, VVV Venlo are still in serious danger of relegation this season. They sit 17th in the table just one point clear of bottom club ADO Den Haag, which make his goalscoring exploits this season even more impressive.
Perhaps as a result of their lowly position, VVV Venlo will reportedly demand between €6m and €10m (£5.2m-£8.6m) for Giakoumakis this summer, which suggests that he could be a bargain option for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side ahead of next season.
Considering that the Austrian has already suggested that Southampton will target players under £10m in the upcoming transfer window, the Greek forward certainly seems to fit the bill; and his record of 29 goals in 33 appearances in all competition this season certainly suggests that he could be a cut-price option for a lot of Premier League clubs.
After he scored all four goals in an impressive 4-1 win against Vitesse Arnhem earlier in the season, Dutch journalist Jeroen Kapteijns was full of praise for Giakoumakis, describing him as a “phenomenon”.
Therefore, it is a potentially huge boost for the Saints that Giakoumakis could come so cheap this summer, as a lower fee would perhaps ease the pressure on him to perform. It would also mean that Southampton could avoid a repeat of deals such as the ones which saw them sign Guido Carrillo and Sofiane Boufal, where they seriously overspent and were forced to take a huge loss on both players.
Given his incredible season, Giakoumakis is definitely a risk worth taking for Southampton this summer, and vice-chairman Martin Semmens should do everything he can to bring him to St Mary’s.