Southampton: Report links Saints to Rangers defender

According to the Express, James Tavernier is the latest to be linked to Southampton and would be a replacement for Cedric Soares.

You can read the original report here. It is reported it will take around £8million to pry him away from Steven Gerrard’s team and it is unknown if Southampton are willing to meet the asking price. The Saints will face competition from Brighton to sign the 27-year-old defender.

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 27: James Tavernier of Rangers looks on during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Rangers at Tony Macaroni Arena on January 27, 2019 in Livingston, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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With Cedric gone to Inter, and a lot of youth left to fill the gap, bringing in a proven right-back could be advantageous for Hasenhuttl’s side. The asking price is not out of this world and a club like Southampton should be able to splash that type of cash without it being too much of a financial strain.

It is clear Hasenhuttl sees Yan Valery as the future at the right-back position but he is still just 19 years of age and it never hurts to bring in experience to help the team down the stretch and also be an example to the younger guys and teach Valery some tricks of the trade.

With only a few days left in the transfer window the Saints will have to act swiftly if they are going to bring in anyone this window. I think this is a move they should make because it will add depth to the team at a position where some is needed. It will not break the bank either and will leave plenty of funds for Hasenhuttl to use in the summer.

This will come down to if Gerrard is willing to let his Captain go mid-season while they are fighting for a championship themselves. Whatever the case may be, we will know in the next few days if the Saints purchase him or not.

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