Southampton look to have been handed a potential transfer boost after West Brom’s proposed deal for Ahmed Musa fell through, with the Saints having also been linked with a move for the free agent recently.
Southampton, Brighton and Burnley were all touted with an interest in the Nigerian international recently but it had seemed as if West Brom were the favourites to sign him after he was invited to train with Sam Allardyce’s side.
However, that deal is now reportedly off, which potentially opens the door for Southampton to bring the 28-year-old to St Mary’s on a free transfer.
The striker is unattached and available for nothing having left Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr FC recently and has featured in the Premier League before with Leicester City, although his time with the Foxes didn’t exactly go to plan.
However, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side arguably low on attacking options following Shane Long’s loan move to AFC Bournemouth in January, adding someone such as Musa could give the Austrian a new dimension in his attack.
The Saints have been reliant on Danny Ings for goals this season, with Che Adams looking low on confidence despite an impressive start to the season, as he has failed to find the back of the net in any competition since early December.
Musa boasts an impressive goal return from his time with CSKA Moscow and also has 15 goals for his country, suggesting that he does know where the goal is.
He is also capable of playing on the wings as well as up front, so could compete with the likes of Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond, both of whom have arguably been nowhere near their best this season.
Therefore, it may be worth Martin Semmens bringing the Nigerian international to St Mary’s on a free transfer, as he could definitely compete for a starting spot in Hasenhuttl’s side if he can rediscover his best form.