Southampton: Saints have been offered chance to sign American

According to a new report from Sky Sports, American defender Aaron Long has been made available to Southampton in January.

The 27-year-old currently plays for New York Red Bulls and was teammates with Josh Sims for the final part of the season.

Long also plays regularly for the United States National Team and scored in their latest match in a win against Canada.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – SEPTEMBER 6: Aaron Long #3 of the United States fights for the ball with Javier Hernandez #14 of Mexico during their match at MetLife Stadium on September 6, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The American possess good pace for a centre-back and is strong but the question has to be asked if he is ready to jump from the MLS to the Premier League? The competition is a lot tougher and he will be going up against some of the best attackers in the world.

Long, has impressed for the national team lately and the price tag would only be around £6m. For that price, it may be worth taking a shot at an established centre-back but he may be too old for Hasenhuttl’s liking.

This January is going to be very interesting for Southampton. Hasenhuttl has the backing of the board but will they give him the financial support he needs to start turning the results on the field around. A new defender or two has to be the priority but will the board and Mr. Gao open up the wallet and bring in players that are going to improve this team.

It is becoming apparent that the players either need to improve or we have to bring in some new blood. Aaron Long would probably relish the chance to play in the Premier League and would do whatever it takes to prove he is up to the task.

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