Ahead of Southampton’s return to Premier League action against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday after our lengthy fixture lull and the March international break, we were again being linked with a new potential striker – Rennes’ Timothe Nkada.
With Southampton struggling up top once again in the campaign of 2018/19, the departure of Manolo Gabbiadini and the apparent availability in January of Charlie Austin, has led most to believe there might be quite a turnover in playing staff come the summer.
French outlet Foot Mercato claimed last week that we were keeping a close eye on the 19-year-old talent and would do our best to encourage him to make the switch and make his mark at St Mary’s just as Yann Valery has now done – he made the switch three years ago to join our Academy.
The French youth international boasts 11 goals in 16 games for their reserve side this year and subsequent reports have suggested we have already opened talks, but those claims aren’t concrete.
The fact he will become a free agent over the summer probably boosts this speculation in fairness, but with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl getting back to the Southampton Way and leaning on youth, this might be a name we hear a bit more about in the months to come.