Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino says he would like to pursue permanent signings in January, rather than bringing in players on loan.

As reported by the Daily Echo, Pellegrino reflects on his time as a player and knows the clear differences in circumstances.

Obviously (we prefer permanent deals) because when you bring somebody for five years it is not the same as bringing somebody for six months. I have played on a six month contract and for three or four years and the feeling is completely different.

It depends obviously. There are some player on the market that it is impossible for us to buy them and others it depends on the age, and you can bring them with the option to buy them in June.

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After a slow first half of the season, Southampton are being heavily linked with moves for several players in the January transfer window.

Pellegrino has pinpointed the club’s attack as one area that needs vast improvement.

Moves for Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and Atletico Madrid’s Nicolas Gaitan have been rumoured.

Walcott has been heavily linked with a move away from the Gunners with both Everton and the Saints keep to sign him this January.

Gaitan has also fallen out of favour at Atletico Madrid, meaning he could leave before the end of the month.

The Saints may struggle to complete deals for either of the players up front with wage demands and big transfer fees becoming an issue.