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Southampton: Hasenhuttl can form deadly duo with Liam Delap transfer

Southampton got through their previous Premier League campaign with 43 goals scored across their 38 matches.

This left only six other clubs, including the three relegated teams, to have found the net on fewer occasions than the Saints.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has already made a move to try and make his team a deadlier attacking side by securing a deal for Sekou Mara. After scoring seven goals and providing four assists in 36 appearances for Bordeaux, the 19-year-old joined Southampton on a four-year deal on Monday.

Should Hasenhuttl want to add another striker to his ranks before the transfer window closes, one man who has been linked with a move to St Mary’s recently and who would give the Austrian the chance to form a deadly attacking duo alongside Mara is Liam Delap.

In the 2019 summer transfer window, Manchester City signed the 19-year-old from Derby County’s youth ranks. Since then, the striker has made 60 appearances for the Citizens across their senior and youth teams, scoring 46 goals and providing 16 assists along the way.

Hailed as an “exceptional” striker by City boss Pep Guardiola, it’s easy to see why the Saints are reportedly looking to make a £23m bid for the teenager, even after apparently having an initial bid rejected by the Premier League champions.

Should the Manchester club allow the youngster to make a permanent move away from the Etihad Stadium this summer, or even allow him to leave on loan, this could be an excellent piece of business from the south coast club in what has already been a rather productive summer transfer window.

Should Southampton continue to pursue a deal for Liam Delap?

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In terms of linking up and creating a partnership with Mara, a duo of two 19-year-old strikers aiming to make names for themselves in England’s top flight could be just what the Saints need to make the team a force to be reckoned with at the top of the pitch.

It would also help to freshen up the team even further after already seeing some new faces join the squad this summer.

Southampton should use the remaining weeks of the current summer transfer window to see what it would take to persuade Man City to let the striker move to St Mary’s, as his clear attacking talent and knack for goalscoring could be vital for Hasenhuttl’s side.

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