Southampton have had a pretty quiet January transfer window in terms of new players coming into the south coast club and as time ticks away with the deadline approaching, there’s a good chance it’ll be a quiet end for them as well.
However, with a recent report from The Telegraph claiming that the Saints have shown an interest in signing Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli on loan until the end of the season, this could see Southampton get into some late business to end the month with at least one new player added to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad.
Since joining the north London club back in 2015 from MK Dons, Alli has gone on to make 269 appearances for the Lilywhites across all competitions, scoring 67 goals and providing 61 appearances along the way, highlighting the sort of experience and attacking talents he’d be able to bring to Southampton.
Labelled as a “phenomenal talent” in the past by Paul Robinson and also as a “freak of a talent” by Darren Anderton, Alli also has experience of playing on the international stage with England too, having made 37 appearances and scored three goals in the process.
Taking that into account, with Southampton having their own midfield maestro that can score goals and provide assists in the shape of club captain James Ward-Prowse, who has racked up 39 goals and 45 assists in 345 appearances for the Saints, adding the £100k-per-week gem to their team to play alongside the 27-year-old could give them a deadly attacking duo from midfield.
An extra goalscoring threat in the team certainly wouldn’t go amiss at Southampton with Hasenhuttl’s side having scored 26 goals in 22 league games so far this season, fewer than the likes of Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Leicester City.
Having only made four Premier League appearances for Tottenham since October, a move to Southampton to play regularly alongside Ward-Prowse could be very tempting for Alli, especially if he isn’t likely to get much game time at his current club from now until the end of the term.
With that in mind, it would certainly be worth Southampton making an approach to the north London club to see if they would be willing to negotiate a suitable deal that would see the 25-year-old spend the rest of the season at St. Mary’s, something that may get his campaign back on track and help Hasenhuttl’s side end as high up the league table as they can.