Southampton have been linked with a move for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard in recent weeks and Saints CEO Martin Semmens should consider utilising Mohammed Elyounoussi in a potential deal to bring the French striker to St Mary’s this summer.
According to The Sun, Southampton have joined the race to sign the former Paris Saint-Germain marksman, who has been prolific during his time at Celtic.
Considering that the likes of Leicester City and Arsenal have also been linked with the 23-year-old ahead of the summer, it had seemed as if any move for Edouard would be an ambitious one by Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side – especially as he is currently valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, and the Austrian had previously suggested that the Saints will target players under £10m.
However, Southampton can offer Celtic something which other Premier League clubs can’t, as the Hoops are reportedly keen on making Elyounoussi’s stay a permanent one after he spent the last two seasons on loan at Parkhead.
Although Hasenhuttl has suggested that the winger will be given another opportunity to impress at Southampton ahead of next season, his current record of no goals or assists in 19 appearances suggests that he might not be able to cut it at Premier League level.
Therefore, Semmens should definitely consider using the “very dangerous” winger in a potential deal for the “magnificent” Edouard this summer, as it would significantly drive down his price and would perhaps encourage Celtic to sell to Southampton rather than one of their Premier League rivals.
The French striker has contributed 83 goals and 37 assists in just 168 appearances for the Hoops, so he definitely has an eye for goal, and he could be a superb option for Hasenhuttl in attack next season.
The Saints are already well-stocked in the wide areas, with the likes of Nathan Redmond, Nathan Tella, Theo Walcott, Stuart Armstrong and Moussa Djenepo all capable of playing there. By contrast, the only natural senior options Hasenhuttl has up front are Danny Ings and Che Adams, so Edouard would surely be a more valuable member of the Saints squad next season than Elyounoussi.
Therefore, if Southampton do want to sign Edouard this summer, they should at least consider sending Elyounoussi the other way for good.