Southampton: Hasenhuttl set to “meet” Spurs defender ahead of transfer

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is reportedly due to meet with Spurs defender Kyle Walker-Peters over a potential move to the South Coast.

According to an exclusive report from footballinsider247.com, the 22-year-old is deciding over whether to join Saints or Crystal Palace, with Roy Hodgson also set to meet his target too.

Saints are on the lookout for new full-backs in the January transfer window given that this is the area of their team that has least strength in depth.

Cedric has confirmed that he will leave at the end of the current season, meaning that just Yan Valery and Ryan Bertrand will be the senior right-back and left-back still at the club.

Given that Ralph Hasenhuttl has a good record of working with young players at Saints and improving them, Walker-Peters may be a shrewd signing if the club get him through the door.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: Kyle Walker-Peters of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Anwar El Ghazi of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Spurs man has made just five appearances this season and appears to have fallen down the pecking order at right-back.

Serge Aurier is the first choice here and has been a regular under Jose Mourinho so far, whilst youngster Japhet Tanganga has burst onto the scene more recently and impressed in their FA Cup replay win over Middlesbrough on Tuesday evening.

Walker-Peters would certainly fit in with the English core of players that Saints like to work with and indeed their proven track record of taking players from bigger clubs to build their careers back up.

Ryan Bertrand has become a Premier League regular for the club since joining from Chelsea, whilst one of the biggest success stories of recent times has been Danny Ings.

The striker’s £20m fee raised a few eyebrows initially given his struggle with injuries at Liverpool, but he has gone some way to paying that back with 16 goals in all competitions already this season.

Whilst Walker-Peters is slightly different in the fact that he is still very early in his career, he could be another success story if Saints secure his signature.

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