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Southampton: Vitinha would be a dream signing for Jones

After suffering a less-than-impressive first portion of the season, the enforced World Cup break will offer Nathan Jones and his Southampton team some much-needed time to recuperate and reassess before play resumes on Boxing Day.

The new boss has a tough task on his hands as he makes his first steps into Premier League management, with his side two points adrift from safety already.

Should Southampton splash out for Vitinha?

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Despite his predecessor having overseen a summer of vast recruitment, the 49-year-old will likely want to stamp his own mark on the team not only with his philosophy but with some new recruits too.

Martin Semmens could help land him an important one straight away, by making a January move for S.C Braga striker Vitinha.

That’s according to reports emerging earlier in the week, with O Jogo (via Sport Witness) detailing the Saints’ interest in the Portuguese marksman alongside the likes of Brentford and Newcastle United.

Although there are claims within that suggest the club will not sell for any price, there is a reported €30m (£26m) release clause that could see them left without a say in the matter.

The 22-year-old already boasts a fine goalscoring record this season, having bagged nine goals and assisted a further five in just 20 appearances in all competitions.

He has shown specific proficiency in the Europa League, where he is averaging one goal contribution per game.

However, this is hardly his breakout season. Last year’s campaign saw him score 14 times as he earned a consistent place in the senior squad for the first time. Despite his youth, he already has experience far beyond most inside the St Mary’s dressing room.

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His clinical nature in front of goal is further outlined in his manager’s comments, as Carlos Carvalhal claimed: “He’s very good at attacking space. He finishes spectacularly with his right foot, he’s strong with his left foot, and he’s got a lot of ability with his head.”

With just 13 goals scored this season, the Saints are crying out for a consistent stream of goals and added firepower to their toothless side.

Although the fee might seem large on the surface, were he to come in and fire them to safety, it would pay the £26m back tenfold.

It could be a dream first signing for Jones, and one that could secure their place in the division. 

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