It is no secret that Southampton are likely to be playing Championship football next season.

The club is in freefall and looks set for relegation from the Premier League in the coming weeks.

A number of high-profile players are expected to leave the club in the summer; the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Mario Lemina, Sofiane Boufal and Ryan Bertrand.

But who should Southampton be desperate to keep? Here are four players Southampton need to hang on to…

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