Southampton are in the race to sign VfL Wolfsburg striker Victor Osimhen this summer, according to exclusive claims from Own Goal Nigeria.
The outlet claims that the promising forward has been courted by numerous clubs ahead of the summer transfer window, with the Saints now among the potential suitors.
Osimhen has spent the season on loan in Belgium and has played for Charleroi, where he has flourished, finding the back of the net on 16 occasions in all competitions this season.
The 20-year-old, as per the report, had already verbally agreed to complete a summer switch to AC Milan before heading to LOSC Lille on loan for the 2019/20 campaign.
However, Southampton are stated by Own Goal Nigeria to be intent on luring him to St Mary’s Stadium this summer and are confident of the player successfully obtaining a work permit.
Osimhen is held in high esteem by Wolfsburg and is likely to be a man in demand this summer. The report outlines that the Bundesliga club would likely ask for a fee worth £20 million for the Nigerian attacker.
Why signing a striker this summer is crucial for Southampton
Not one of Southampton’s current forward options have gone without niggling injury problems this season. Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi’s respective hamstring woes are well documented, Shane Long often sustains knocks, and Charlie Austin is not a reliable option.
Guido Carrillo could return, but it is hard to see him fitting in with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s style of play.
Austin is likely to leave the club this summer, with just one year remaining on his contract. He is evidently surplus to Hasenhuttl’s requirements, and a striker will be needed to replace him.
Lack of goal threat
Long is Southampton’s only natural striker who has scored in 2019. The team’s lack of a reliable goalscorer has hurt them in recent seasons, and they must remedy this in the summer.
Hasenhuttl could opt to play a 4-2-2-2 system more regularly next season, as opposed to 3-5-2. This would likely see Nathan Redmond move out wide, therefore, a new strike partner for Ings would be necessary.