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Southampton linked with move for Lorenzo Lucca

Southampton fans have not had much to shout about so far this season, with four draws and three defeats in their opening seven games of the Premier League campaign.

In addition to this disappointing run of early results, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have only managed to score five goals in those seven matches.

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However, with the January transfer window on the horizon, it seems as though the club are eyeing up a potential player who could come in and help resolve their goalscoring issues.

What’s the news?

It has recently been reported by Italian media outlet Tutto B (via Sport Witness) that Southampton and German club RB Leipzig are both interested in signing Lorenzo Lucca, having sent scouts to watch him in action during the Italy under-21s’ match against Sweden in midweek.

The 21-year-old centre-forward, who is currently valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, joined Serie B side Pisa back in July and has scored six goals in seven league appearances, which is probably why Southampton and RB Leipzig have their eyes on him.

On the international stage, he has made just three appearances for Italy’s under-21 side but scored his first goal for them in the recent 1-1 draw against their counterparts from Sweden.

Ideal Ings replacement?

Southampton sold Danny Ings to fellow Premier League side Aston Villa over the summer transfer window and have since struggled to find the back of the net, the Englishman scoring 46 goals in 100 appearances for the club (including 34 over the last two top-flight campaigns) before departing. With a huge void to fill in attack, perhaps Lucca could well be an ideal long-term replacement for the 29-year-old given his young age and goalscoring talent.

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In our view, it could well be worth Southampton taking a shot at signing Lucca either in the upcoming January transfer window or next summer based on his age and the talent he has shown on the pitch so far this season.

However, given that he’s only just moved to Pisa and how well he’s done for them, perhaps they would be quite reluctant to let him go.

For the time being, Hasenhuttl will have to make do with the attacking options he has at his disposal and hope that they can finally click into gear and help move the team away from the relegation zone.

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