Southampton were one of several Premier League clubs to be linked with a move for Cruz Azul’s Orbelin Pineda but a recent report has now rubbished the chances of him joining Saints in January.
The Mexican international could have been an excellent addition to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad at St Mary’s, as the 24-year-old has shown across his career that he is extremely versatile, having played in the centre of midfield, on both wings, as a second striker and even as a defensive-midfielder on several occasions during his career (per Transfermarkt).
It was originally suggested by 90min that Southampton, along with Arsenal, Tottenham, Wolves, Everton, Newcastle and West Ham, were keeping an eye on the Cruz Azul man ahead of the January transfer window.
However, a report from Vamos Cruz Azul (via Sport Witness), has suggested that these rumours had only come about because Pineda’s agent was trying to secure a new contract for his client at Cruz Azul.
It is a shame that the Saints are therefore seemingly not interested in the Mexican international, as he has shown himself to be a goal threat with La Máquina, having contributed nine goals and seven assists in 69 appearances for the club (per Transfermarkt).
Back in 2016, when he was playing for Chivas, Pineda was described as “superb technically” in a scout report for Outside of the Boot, and he also reportedly rejected a move to Manchester City during that period.
The Mexican international’s contract with Cruz Azul is also set to expire in December 2021 and he is valued at just £4.32 million by Transfermarkt, so perhaps Hasenhuttl’s side should consider making a move for the versatile ace, as he would surely be available for a relatively low fee.
Considering Nathan Redmond’s poor form for the South Coast club so far this season, with the 26-year-old having averaged a very disappointing 6.48 rating across his five Premier League appearances, in which he has contributed no goals or assists, perhaps the Saints do need to look at bringing in some competition on the wing.
Therefore, although the report originally linking him with a move to Southampton was seemingly just agent talk, there seems no reason why the Saints shouldn’t consider a low-fee, low-risk move for the 24-year-old in January.