Southampton have been credited with an interest in Sheffield United striker Daniel Jebbison recently and if the teenage forward were to join Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, it could be a catalyst in Michael Obafemi leaving St Mary’s.
According to The Sun on Sunday (via Football League World), Southampton have joined the race to sign the 18-year-old forward this summer after he broke into Sheffield United’s first-team towards the end of last season.
The likes of Everton, Leeds and Aston Villa have also been linked with the Englishman, whilst he was also attracting significant loan interest from Championship and League One clubs.
If Southampton were to sign the exciting Sheffield United forward, it is difficult to see where Obafemi would fit in at St Mary’s in the long-term future.
The Republic of Ireland U’21 international made just four substitute appearances in the Premier League last season and saw a loan move to Swansea City fall through after he picked up a long-term injury.
Although he featured heavily in pre-season, the 19-year-old’s only appearance so far this term came as a substitute in the 8-0 thrashing of Newport County in the League Cup, so it seems as if he is surplus to requirements in Hasenhuttl’s squad.
As his contract is set to expire at the end of this season, it would not be a surprise to see Obafemi sold, especially if the money from his sale could be put towards signing a player such as Jebbison.
The teenage striker boasts an impressive record with Sheffield United’s academy, scoring six in as many outings. He also scored on his first Premier League start in a 1-0 win against Everton last year, with Micah Richards later dubbing him the “shining light” in what was a terrible season for the Blades.
Whilst it is difficult to see him getting in ahead of any of Hasenhuttl’s current attacking options, he clearly has a lot of potential and would fit Southampton’s transfer model of signing young talents for the future.
Therefore, Semmens should definitely look at sealing a last gasp transfer swoop for Jebbison before the transfer window shuts on Tuesday evening.
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