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Southampton star eyes summer exit.

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Following an amazing 2-1 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road, Southampton will now prepare to face West Bromwich Albion next Sunday, but there are already rumours concerning the fate of several important players.

Prior to the first ball being kicked in August, the Saints had hoped to make a bid for the automatic promotion slots. However, four successive defeats prior to their trip to West Yorkshire left the team well out of contention for a top-two finish.

Leeds are the highest-ranked team in the play-offs after Daniel Farke’s side finished third with 90 points, but Southampton will be confident of beating the Whites if they reach the final at Wembley Stadium in three weeks’ time.

If the Saints fail to regain promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt, the club may find itself in a difficult financial scenario. Parachute payments are significantly decreased in the second campaign following relegation, forcing the club to sell players to cover the shortfall.

Paul Onuachu is one player Southampton could look to offload during the summer transfer season. According to Turkish newspaper Sabah, the Nigerian striker has begun conversations between Trabzonspor and his parent club, as he wishes to remain in Turkey next season.

It was claimed in recent weeks that the Saints have set a £10 million price tag on the centre-forward and are unlikely to compromise on this valuation, casting doubt on whether or not a deal would be completed.

Furthermore, Trabzonspor reportedly expressed interest in Hoffenheim forward and former Manchester United star Wout Weghorst as a replacement for Onuacha after failing to get a permanent contract.

Writer’s View

Onuachu, who joined Southampton in January 2023 for £18.6 million, has been a significant disappointment at St. Mary’s Stadium, failing to register a single goal as the club was demoted from the Premier League for the first time in 11 years last season.

However, since joining Trabzonspor on loan in August, the Nigeria international has put up some excellent stats, scoring 12 goals and providing four assists in 22 outings. It’s not unexpected that he wants to stay in Turkey, but whether the Saints will compromise on their £10 million asking price is another issue.

 

 

 

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