Southampton are reportedly taking an interest in Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma ahead of the summer transfer window and, should he make the move to St Mary’s, he could help to amend a key issue in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
According to Football League World, both Southampton and Brighton have been tracking the 24-year-old, who has impressed for the Cherries this season.
The £10.8m-rated Dutch winger has been one of few bright sparks in a disappointing season for Bournemouth thus far, with Jason Tindall losing his job after a poor run of form which has left the Cherries outside the play-off positions in the Championship following their relegation from the top flight last season.
Danjuma has contributed an impressive 10 goals and four assists in 25 Championship appearances, which has seen him average an impressive 7.13 rating from WhoScored – the best of any Bournemouth player in the Championship so far this season.
If Southampton were to encourage the 24-year-old to make the switch to St Mary’s this summer, then he could help with the Saints’ goalscoring issues on the wing, with a lack of goals out wide having been a real problem for Hasenhuttl during his time at the club.
Although his wingers are expected to track back and play more as a ‘false 10’, the likes of Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond in particular have struggled when it comes to attacking returns this season, with just two goals between them in the top flight.
They did both find the back of the net in Southampton’s last match, which incidentally came against Bournemouth, as Danjuma’s threat was essentially nullified by the impressive Kyle Walker-Peters; but across the season, there is only one winner when it comes to goals and assists contributions.
After the winger scored his first goal in a Bournemouth shirt following his summer arrival from Club Brugge, former Cherries manager Tindall was full of praise for the Dutchman, saying: “Danjuma’s a great talent. He’s got so much quality and I think that was evident again today.”
Therefore, if Southampton can sign Danjuma this summer, perhaps he can ease some of the pressure on Che Adams and Danny Ings to score goals in Hasenhuttl’s side, as there is no denying that goals from wide areas has been a real concern for the Austrian this season.