Southampton’s summer window is already well underway and the club have made their first signing ahead of the 2019/20 season.

The club recently announced the arrival of Mali international Moussa Djenepo from Standard Liege for an undisclosed fee.

He becomes Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first signing as Southampton manager, after taking over from Mark Hughes back in December 2018.

The Saints clearly need to improve their attack after last season, with Djenepo hopefully goals and assists from the wing – his natural position. 

However, Southampton are also lacking at the back and need to improve their defence after conceding far too many goals last term, under Hasenhuttl and Hughes.

A new central defender should be a priority target for Hasenhuttl to strengthen his back four or back five, depending on what system he opts to start with next year.

With that in mind, here are eight central defenders Southampton could target in the coming weeks…