Southampton are reportedly one of the Premier League sides who have been offered the chance to sign Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury on loan this month, and the 23-year-old could solve a key issue in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad.
According to the Daily Mail, Southampton, Newcastle and West Brom have all been offered the midfielder on loan during the January transfer window, as he struggles for first-team minutes under Brendan Rodgers.
The England U’21 international is reportedly desperate to play more regularly and he could offer the Saints some much-needed back up in midfield.
Southampton are flying high this season and sit sixth in the Premier League after Monday’s 1-0 win against Liverpool, with the partnership of James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu in midfield perhaps a key part of why they are doing so well this season, with the duo amongst the top four performers for the Saints in the top-flight this season.
However, they are limited in terms of back up options in central midfield, with Ibrahima Diallo and Will Smallbone the only other senior players available to Hasenhuttl in that position.
Whilst Diallo has impressed in his limited appearances so far, he has made just two starts in the Premier League since his summer arrival from Stade Brest, whereas Choudhury has 40 top-flight appearances under his belt, which is comfortably more than Diallo and Smallbone combined, so he would add some experience to this young Saints squad.
Another option in midfield would perhaps allow Hasenhuttl to allow Ward-Prowse some rest, with the captain having played every single minute of the season so far.
Hasenhuttl has admitted previously that the only January business Southampton are planning to do will be similar to the deal that saw them sign Kyle Walker-Peters last January, which allowed them to assess him and sign him on a permanent deal in the summer, which could also prove to be the case with Choudhury.
Certainly, the £7.2 million-rated man doesn’t appear to be getting a look in under Rodgers this season, with just one start and two substitute appearances in the Premier League, so this deal could make a lot of sense for Southampton, and would arguably go some way towards fixing the real lack of options they have in central midfield.
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