A major update has emerged on Boavista forward Alberth Elis, regarding Southampton’s interest in his signature this summer.
According to Portuguese outlet A Bola, West Ham and Southampton have both entered the race to land Boavista winger Alberth Elis this summer. The report claims that West Ham and Southampton are both in talks with the Liga Nos outfit over a potential deal for the forward.
Boavista are said to be open to a sale for Elis and as such, a departure for the 25-year-old this summer is looking increasingly likely. The Portuguese side value Elis at around €10m and it remains to be seen how much Southampton are willing to pay for his services.
When Elis was linked with a move to Celtic in 2020, Honduras defender Emilio Izaguirre hailed his “strong” compatriot. Izaguirre lauded his ability on the ball and admitted that he is very good friends with the winger. He told the Glasgow Times:
“Alberth is a very good friend of mine and I spoke with him about Celtic.
“He’s a very good, fast player. He’s very fast and strong and he’s good in the air. He’s played a lot of football and is good on the ball.”
Southampton CEO Martin Semmens needs to get this deal over the line to bolster Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad ahead of next season.
The Saints struggled to find consistent performers in the wide attacking midfield roles in the 2020/21 campaign and Elis could help bolster Hasenhuttl’s options in that area of the pitch. He is a natural wide man and could provide the Austrian boss with another goal threat to supplement the likes of Che Adams and Danny Ings.
Stuart Armstrong’s tally of four was the highest number of assists any wide man managed for Southampton, with his fifth assist coming as a central midfielder. In terms of goals, Armstrong was top again with three strikes whilst playing out on the right.
Nathan Redmond, Takumi Minamino, Theo Walcott and Moussa Djenepo all failed to produce consistently when deployed in the attacking midfield positions in Hasenhuttl’s squad.
Elis provided Boavista with 14 goals and assists in Liga Nos. He found the back of the net eight times and set up his teammates for six goals, which is more than any Southampton wide man managed in either of those categories in the season just gone.
Therefore, Hasenhuttl needs Elis to improve his squad next season, as he could provide the goals and assists from midfield that Southampton have been desperately lacking, so Semmens needs to complete a deal for him as soon as possible.