Southampton ‘won’t pursue’ Chelsea frontman Armando Broja despite having ‘leverage to make some signings’, Daily Express reporter says ryan taylor.
Saints finished the 2021/22 campaign just five points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone, but boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has already been busy in the transfer market as he targets an improved season.
What’s the latest on Broja?
Broja scored nine goals and provided an extra assist after joining Southampton on a season-long loan last August.
But, according to The Sun, a return to St Mary’s is not on the cards as the Saints have pulled out of the race for his signature.
The report suggests Southampton initially considered exploring a new move for Broja, either on loan or on a permanent basis, but they have moved on to alternative targets at the 14-cap Albania international.
Premier League rivals West Ham United are preparing to pounce and line up a £30m bid, while Newcastle United are also reportedly working on a proposal.
If Southampton had gone to Chelsea with a similar offer to the Hammers and accepted it, they would have comfortably broken their transfer fee record.
What did Ryan Taylor say about the situation?
Taylor believes Southampton need to strengthen their squad as they otherwise face the prospect of a relegation dogfight in the coming season.
However, the journalist understands that Broja is not one of the stars who will travel to the South Coast.
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Taylor told GIVEMESPORT: “Obviously if you look at how Southampton ended the season, again there’s an element of concern that they need to reinforce because it only takes one bad season to potentially be drawn into it, like Everton. was last year.
“I think they’ve gotten off to a good start with the signings they’ve made, but Southampton have always been very specific in the way they recruit.
“Broja is the one who ideally would have been great to get a permanent deal, but they’re not going to pursue that.
“I think there is leverage to make some signings and the criteria are very clear – young players with great potential to improve the squad.”
Who have Southampton signed so far?
Mateusz Lis became Southampton’s first signing this summer when he joined as a free agent after his contract with Turkish side Altay SK expired.
He was soon followed at St Mary’s by fellow goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu after a deal worth up to £15m was agreed with Manchester City.
A further £10m has been splashed out to ensure defender Armel Bella-Kotchap heads to the Saints at German side VfL Bochum.
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