Southampton have been linked with BSC Young Boys striker Jean-Pierre Nsame recently and if he were to join, it would surely spell the end for Shane Long’s time at the South Coast club.
According to teamTALK, the Saints are one of a number of Premier League clubs taking an interest in the Cameroonian striker, with Newcastle United and West Ham reportedly keen, whilst he is also seemingly on Celtic’s radar.
The 27-year-old has enjoyed another exceptional season with the Swiss Super League side, with 25 goals and nine assists to his name in all competitions so far this campaign.
After hitting 41 goals last season, it was perhaps a surprise that Young Boys were able to keep hold of him in the summer but it seems as if they face a monumental task to keep him at Stadion Wankdorf ahead of next season.
If he were to make the move to St Mary’s this summer, then it would surely leave little room for Long in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad.
The Republic of Ireland striker was sent on loan to Bournemouth in January after struggling for game time in the first half of the season, making just one start in the Premier League.
Although he has managed two goals in nine appearances for the Cherries in the Championship, it is difficult to see the 34-year-old re-establishing himself at Southampton next season, especially with the likes of Danny Ings and Che Adams already ahead of him in the pecking order.
Nsame’s manager Gerardo Seoane was full of praise for the striker last year, saying:
“He is very physical, with an unbelievable ability in front of goal. He is very present in the penalty area and all the balls that come, he puts them in the back of the net, thanks to his technique and strength.”
Therefore, it seems clear that Nsame would be pushing to be a first-team regular at St Mary’s should he join this summer, and his arrival could be the catalyst for Long finally departing on a permanent deal before next season.