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Southampton could land dream Delap alternative with Joshua Zirkzee

Southampton managed to strengthen their attacking line this summer as they brought in Sekou Mara from Bordeaux.

However, Ralph Hasenhuttl has shared his wish to see another striker make the move to St. Mary’s before the transfer window comes to a close.

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The south coast club have been linked with a move for Manchester City striker, Liam Delap, although it was reported that the Saints had a £16m bid for him rejected, as the Premier League champions are not looking to sell him on a permanent basis.

Another striker that has been mentioned with a move to Southampton that could be an ideal alternative to Delap is Bayern Munich’s Joshua Zirkzee as the youngster possesses a similar ruthless streak in front of goal as the Man City prodigy, who has bagged 35 in 36 for the U21s.

With 98 appearances for the German club across their senior and youth teams under his belt, the 21-year-old Zirksee has found the net 50 times and supplied 26 assists, highlighting his clear attacking talent.

Throughout his entire career, the player has racked up 69 goals in total, which shows the ability he has and the potential he has to grow and develop into a better player.

Last season saw the Dutchman complete a season-long loan deal in Belgium with RSC Anderlecht, where he scored 18 goals and provided 13 assists in 47 appearances in total.

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To further show how impressive he was in front of goal, across the 32 league games he played in for the Belgian side, Zirkzee ended the campaign with more shots on target (30) than any other player at the club.

Lauded for his “remarkable” development at Bayern by their former manager Hansi Flick, the centre-forward was an unused substitute for the German champions’ recent Bundesliga game against Eintracht Frankfurt, which shows that he may not be currently seen as an important player for them.

With that in mind, a move to the Premier League with Southampton where he’d surely be able to get regular game time could be a tempting prospect.

Thus, if Bayern would be willing to allow their young striker to leave this summer, the Saints should put themselves at the front of the queue to secure his signature and fulfil Hasenhuttl’s wish for a new forward before the end of the window.

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