Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury has emerged as a target for Southampton, according to a report in The Telegraph.

The midfielder is reportedly being touted as a replacement for Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojberg, who left St Mary’s to go to Tottenham Hotspur last month.

Choudhury, who is just 22 years old, played 29 games in all competitions at the King Power Stadium last season but has found it difficult to break into the Foxes’ midfield on a regular basis in the Premier League.

Brendan Rodgers has plenty of options and ahs often sided against Choudhury, who has gained a reputation for his fearsome tackling.

It is this embarrassment of riches could give the Saints manager Ralph Hassenhutl the green light to make his move, with the offer of more first-team league action firmly on the table.

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Choudhury would add steel to the Austrian’s squad, but he’s not just a tackler as he possesses plenty of quality on the ball too.

Since the departures of Hojberg and Mario Lemina, Southampton have been left a little bereft of central midfield options, something Hassenhutl should be keen to address before the season goes much further.