Norwich City are reportedly interested in signing Angus Gunn from Southampton this summer – an opportunity which Ralph Hasenhuttl must not pass up.
According to Hampshire Live, the Canaries are plotting a move for the 25-year-old shot-stopper following their promotion back to the Premier League, and Hasenhuttl would be willing to sell him this summer.
Southampton signed the ‘keeper from Manchester City for £13.5m back in the summer of 2018 following an impressive loan spell at Carrow Road, so a move back to the Norfolk side would make a lot of sense.
Since his move to the South Coast, the shot-stopper has managed just 30 appearances for Southampton, in which he has conceded 52 goals and kept just eight clean sheets, so it is easy to understand why Hasenhuttl has preferred Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster.
The two more experienced goalkeepers have both enjoyed runs in the Saints side this season and it seems that they will both compete for the starting spot again next year, which leaves little room for Gunn in Hasenhuttl’s squad.
Therefore, it seems likely that Gunn will depart if Southampton receive a permanent offer, especially as he was reportedly set to spend a second successive season on loan with Stoke City in the Championship.
Southampton chairman Jisheng Gao would surely be happy to sell Gunn permanently this summer, even if they are forced to take a significant loss on him, rather than continuing to pay his wages for the next two years until his contract with the club expires.
Therefore, Hasenhuttl must seize this opportunity to axe Gunn for good and hopefully the Englishman is keen to move back to Carrow Road, as his time at St Mary’s has been a disaster. With funds looking like they could be limited this summer, cashing in on an asset like Gunn, who seemingly has not future at the club, is a no-brainer.