Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is reportedly taking a close look at Fiorentina’s Poland Under 21 international goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski this summer as he looks to strengthen his Southampton group.
The 21-year-old stopper made the move to Serie A side Fiorentina back in 2016 but he has only made six starting appearances for them, with a further three showings from the substitutes bench. He’s impressed out on loan with Empoli in the second half of the 2018/19 campaign though, making 13 appearances in the Italian top flight.
Outlet Tuttomercatoweb have linked Southampton as having an interest in the player, but West Ham United and Huddersfield Town are all tentatively linked with him as well.
Outside of that, there’s very little concrete information in the report but with Fraser Forster understandably available for transfer despite his rare appearance as the season came to a close, the fact Alex McCarthy only appeared 25 times this year – his last match coming in early February in our defeat to Cardiff City – before Angus Gunn took over between the sticks, if there is an interest in bringing him in, you have to question McCarthy’s future really.
Neither McCarthy nor Gunn had a great season with some wobbles, certainly if you judge by clean sheets, but with McCarthy not coming back into the side as the season came to a close, it’s maybe safer to assume Hasenhuttl is more pleased with Gunn, especially given his continued development curve and his age.
It doesn’t mean the door is closed and he’s off, as obviously the difference in wage between Forster and any new signing would be more palatable for the club in terms of having three senior keepers moving forward, so we’ll have to see.