Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was giving little away after he was questioned about recent reports linking his club with a move for RB Leipzig’s Jean-Kevin Augustin.
Hasenhuttl, who worked with the French U21 international during his time at Leipzig, was happy to discuss the attributes of the striker but he neither confirmed or denied the stories which suggested that the Saints are looking to bring Augustin to St. Mary’s.
As reported by Sky Sports, Hasenhuttl said:
It’s nice that you know we are linked with this guy! I don’t want to explain if it is [true] or not. I know Jean-Kevin very well. I think every player I know well is linked with us. He has got qualities, he is quick, can score and is used to the high-pressing methods we use, so that would help him if he would be here, but he isn’t and I don’t want to discuss any players that are linked with us. If there is a player who has signed, we will tell you.
Augustin, who can play as a central striker or on either flank, has scored eight goals in 24 appearances for RB Leipzig this year but he regularly found himself on the substitutes bench before the Bundesliga winter break.
Sky report that Everton are also interested in the 21-year-old striker but as it stands, neither the Saints of the Toffees have made an official bid for his services.