Southampton are reportedly tracking BSC Young Boys striker Jean-Pierre Nsame after his impressive season in the Swiss Super League.
According to a report from TEAMtalk, Saints are battling Celtic, West Ham and Newcastle to sign the 27-year-old with the summer transfer window just around the corner.
Looking at Nsame’s record, it is easy to see why he is a potential target for some top sides.
In the 2020/21 season, he has scored 25 goals and made nine assists in 38 games in all competitions. 97 goals and 26 assists in 169 games overall for BSC Young Boys suggests he has been performing consistently well for a number of years.
Will Southampton interest prove genuine?
Saints are likely to invest in their strikeforce this summer, whether that is to replace Danny Ings or add an extra option to their ranks.
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However, it remains to be seen whether someone like Nsame will be in their sights. At 27, he still has much of his career ahead of him but a report from the Athletic recently suggested that Saints would be looking to bring in a striker under the age of 23 to ensure long-term potential is there.
Watching clips of the Cameroonian shows that he is a strong finisher in the box. Young Boys attack the wings with force to create space and chances, and Nsame is often there to turn home the cutbacks.
His ability to link in and around the box suggests that he might be able to fit in well with other Saints forwards but the club may feel he has not played at a high enough level to prove his Premier League worth just yet.
More rumours putting strikers into the Saints bracket will surely come and go between now and next season and it will slowly start to become clear who could be arriving to add to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad depth.