Southampton have been linked with a move for AC Milan winger Jens Petter Hauge recently and he could prove to be a superb addition to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side this summer.
According to Italian football journalist Nicolo Schira, both Southampton and Udinese have shown an interest in signing the Norway international ahead of next season.
Whether it would be a loan deal or a permanent deal for Hauge is unclear but after his superb form in 2020, it seems clear from the replies to the tweet from Schira that plenty of Milan fans rate him highly and would be disappointed to see him go.
There was, unsurprisingly, a huge amount of excitement from Milan fans when he hit three goals and one assist in just five Europa League appearances during the last campaign but he has not been able to have as much impact in Serie A this season for Stefano Pioli’s side.
In 18 appearances in Italy’s top-flight, the youngster has two goals and no assists to his name, although 15 of those appearances have come from the bench, which suggests that he may have been underused at the San Siro.
Although Southampton already have a number of wingers on their books, both Nathan Redmond and Moussa Djenepo have struggled for goals and assists, so adding someone such as Hauge, who has impressed when given opportunities, could prove to be a smart piece of business by the Saints.
The 21-year-old showed last season in Norway that he can be extremely dangerous in the final third, with 14 goals and 10 assists to his name in just 18 appearances, and whilst the Premier League would obviously be a step up for the 21-year-old, it did not take him long to make an impact at Milan.
Hauge’s impressive performances for club and country have won over Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland, who was full of praise for him late last year, saying:
“Hauge is doing well and we are very good friends, he is a great talent. He has to continue to work hard and play like that, he has a great career ahead of him.”
Therefore, Southampton could perhaps take advantage of the fact that he isn’t getting much game time at Milan this season and bring him in this summer, as he could prove to be a really exciting signing, regardless of whether he joins on loan or permanently.