Southampton appear to be keen on signing Spezia forward David Okereke, if reports in Italy are to be believed.
In April, the club were reported to have sent scouts to watch the Nigerian in action for his side as they defeated Ascoli in a dramatic 3-2 victory.
Okereke has earned plaudits in the past season for his displays in Serie B, and according to claims from Il Secolo XIX, as cited in a report from Derbyshire Live, the Saints are in the mix of teams who are keen to sign him this summer.
Championship play-off finalists Derby County are understood to be contemplating a move, while Southampton’s top-flight rivals West Ham United are also keen.
The young forward has made 31 appearances in the second tier of Italian football this term and has been in productive form. He has amassed 10 goals and also contributed with 12 assists.
Okereke is an established international for Nigeria Under-23s and could be headed to England this summer, as interest intensifies.
Why Southampton could be an attractive destination for Okereke
Hasenhuttl's track record
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s record of developing youngsters and enhancing their games is outstanding. Working under the Austrian would no doubt be an attractive proposition.
Southampton's striking options
Charlie Austin is on his way out, Shane Long is hardly a spring chicken, and both Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi have endured hamstring problems. Okereke could sense a real chance to play regular football at Southampton.
Hasenhuttl prefers players who have good decision-making and can play at pace, particularly in attacking transition. Okereke’s primary quality is his ability to make penetrative runs in behind and challenge opponents with his dynamism, evidenced by his 22 goal involvements in Serie B.
Southampton appear intent on becoming a ‘showcase’ club once more. Okereke could sense that St Mary’s Stadium would be a good destination for him to display his potential to the heavyweights of the Premier League.