In Focus: Southampton target Gregoire Defrel could replace Jay Rodriguez

According to reports in The Sun, Southampton are ready to battle with AS Roma for the signing of £18m-rated Sassuolo forward Gregoire Defrel this summer, but they could also face competition from Premier League rivals West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City according to Tuttomercatoweb.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun says Saints are looking for potential replacements for Jay Rodriguez – who looks set to leave the club this summer – and they believe the pacey left-footed attacker could fill the potential void.

The 26-year-old impressed for Sassuolo in Serie A last season having played the whole of his career in Italy, but now he could be tempted by a move to the Premier League.

However, The Sun says that Roma are eyeing the Frenchman as a possible replacement for Mohamed Salah after the forward joined Liverpool last week, while Tuttomercatoweb says a number of Southampton’s Premier League rivals are interested too.

How did Defrel do last season?

He did very well.

The striker scored 16 goals and provided a further five assists in 38 appearances for the unfashionable Serie A outfit, and it is a total that will have impressed potential suitors.

Would he be a good signing for Southampton?

He certainly would be, if Rodriguez goes.

Saints will look at the impact Manolo Gabbiadini made when he made the move from Serie A during the January transfer window and hope that Defrel could do the same, and with his pace and finishing ability he certainly has a chance of doing that.

The south coast outfit currently have the likes of Gabbiadini, Charlie Austin and Shane Long as their options up top, but Defrel could bring a different dimension to the frontline.

Can Saints win the race?

Well, if they are willing to pay £18m and the player wants to come to the Premier League then they should do.

The fee would be a club-record following on from the £16m purchase of Sofiane Boufal from Lille last summer, and the south coast outfit would be confident that they could see off competition from their fellow English sides.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, it seems as though Southampton are in the market for an attacker this summer and preferably one that they can buy, develop and potentially sell on for a bigger fee in the future, and Defrel fits the bill.

Article title: In Focus: Southampton target Gregoire Defrel could replace Jay Rodriguez

Please leave feedback to help us improve the site: