Southampton winger Moussa Djenepo is reportedly a target for Fenerbahce ahead of the summer transfer window and this could prove to be a golden opportunity for Ralph Hasenhuttl to axe the Mali international from his squad.
According to Turkish newspaper Posta (via Sport Witness), the Super Lig side are keen on bringing in the 22-year-old this summer, with manager Emre Belozoglu having reportedly asked the board to try and sign Djenepo.
Although the report suggests that a permanent move this summer would be unlikely due to Fenerbahce’s financial situation, an impressive loan spell could see them sign him on a permanent basis in the future, or increase the chances of another club paying a fee to prise him away from St Mary’s.
Southampton signed Djenepo from Standard Liege in the summer of 2019 and he has unfortunately flattered to deceive during his time at St Mary’s, with just four goals and two assists to his name in 51 appearances for Hasenhuttl’s side.
After superb solo goals against Brighton and Sheffield United last season, it was hoped that the young winger would kick on and establish himself as a key player at St Mary’s this term. unfortunately that has not been the case, as he managed just one goal and no assists in 27 Premier League appearances.
Considering he has arguably fallen behind youngster Nathan Tella in the pecking order at Southampton, a loan move might be exactly what he needs to boost his confidence and return to St Mary’s a better player.
However, given his less than impressive performances in his first two seasons with the club, a permanent move away this summer might well be preferable, given that he is valued at £11.7m and reportedly earns £55,000 per week at Southampton, which is more than influential captain James Ward-Prowse.
Chairman Jisheng Gao would surely welcome the sale of Djenepo, as it would raise plenty of funds in terms of both a transfer fee and wages, so Hasenhuttl might be best served by allowing the 22-year-old to depart this summer.