In Focus: Emre Mor would excite the bored Southampton faithful

According to reports in The Mirror, Southampton are ready to rival Liverpool and Real Sociedad in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Emre Mor on loan.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 19-year-old wants to leave Dortmund on a temporary basis having found first team football hard to come by in his first season in Germany following a move from Nordsjaelland last summer, and the English duo – along with La Liga outfit Real Sociedad – are keen to snap him up.

Even though Saints are yet to appoint Claude Puel’s successor, it is executive director Les Reed and Director of Scouting and Recruitment Ross Wilson that take care of transfer business with their targets often identified in-house.

How did he do for Dortmund last season?

The forward was brought to the club by former Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel – who has turned down the chance to manage Southampton according to Sky Sports – last summer, but he struggled to win a place in the starting line-up.

The majority of his 19 appearances in all competitions came from the substitutes’ bench, and he ended the campaign with one goal and a further three assists.

How did he get his move to Dortmund?

Quick, skilful and with the ability to play on either wing or in attacking midfield, Mor impressed in the Norwegian league and was handed his debut for the Turkey national team at the age of 17, before being a surprise inclusion in their Euro 2016 squad.

The attacker picked up an assist in his nation’s group fixture against the Czech Republic, while he netted his first international goal earlier this year against Moldova.

Would he be a good signing for Southampton?

He certainly would be.

Emre Mor is an exciting and diminutive forward, and would certainly prove to be an exciting addition for a St Mary’s crowd that saw just 17 home league goals last term.

While Southampton have Nathan Redmond on the left-hand side, they have James Ward-Prowse on the right and the club may want a more attacking and quick option on the opposite flank – something the Turkey international would bring.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Southampton will know that they once again need to get recruitment right again this summer, and with their renowned ability for developing young players, a move for Emre Mor could work for both parties.