Southampton appear to have reignited their interest in Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham ahead of the January transfer window, and the Frenchman could be a superb addition to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
It was reported by Football Insider recently that the Saints have a longstanding interest in the Celtic ace and could potentially use Mohamed Elyounoussi as leverage for signing the 24-year-old in January.
The Norwegian international is currently impressing on loan with the Bhoys from Southampton and considering the seemingly good relationship between the two clubs, the Saints may well have the advantage when it comes to potential negotiations for Ntcham.
So far this season, the former PSG man has featured 21 times in all competitions for Neil Lennon’s side, in which he has contributed one goal and two assists (per Transfermarkt).
The Saints were also linked with the midfielder during the summer window but failed to finalise a deal for the Celtic man, which has arguably left Hasenhuttl a little short of midfield options.
The Austrian has just James Ward-Prowse, Will Smallbone, Stuart Armstrong, Oriol Romeu and Ibrahima Diallo available as central and defensive-midfielders in his squad, so it could definitely be argued that signing someone such as Ntcham would make sense.
During his time at Celtic, the 24-year-old has shown his great versatility, playing in a number of positions across midfield, which would give Hasenhuttl the freedom to mould him into the sort of midfielder he wants for his squad.
Back in 2019, Lennon was full of praise for his midfielder after he captained the Bhoys in a 2-1 defeat against Cluj, saying:
“I thought Ntcham was unbelievable.
“To give him the captaincy and then for him to take on the responsibility the way he did was excellent.
“I thought his all-round game tonight was absolutely top class.” (per The Scottish Sun)
Therefore, it seems as if Ntcham would be a solid addition to the Southampton squad and considering he is currently valued at just £3.6 million by Transfermarkt, it could prove to be a bargain signing for Martin Semmens and the Southampton board to complete.