Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has hinted that the club may complete some more transfer business before their Premier League opener against Everton.
The biggest news of Saints’ summer came last week when the sale of Danny Ings to Aston Villa was confirmed. Now the club, their fans and the manager will be wanting a replacement to be secured before the transfer window shuts at the end of this month.
Speaking to southamptonfc.com after his side’s 3-1 loss to Athletic Bilbao in their final pre-season friendly when questioned on a potential new arrival before the Everton game, Hasenhuttl said:
"“We lost a very important striker in Danny Ings and we have to replace him. I’m sure we have to do something [in the transfer market], as we definitely need something.”"
Hasenhuttl seems clear that Southampton need multiple new additions
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Ralph Hasenhuttl was adamant that his side needed more new faces after watching them in their last pre-season fixture.
He seems happy with most of the players he currently has, but there is no question that money needs to be spent between now and 31st August to add some match-winning quality.
Rumours continue to swirl about the strikers that Saints may pursue to fill the Ings void and other areas of the team will require work too. Having recouped a decent amount of money in their transfer activity so far too, two to three more signings should be achievable – especially with the potential of loan deals in the latter stages of the window.
The most important part of this situation is giving Hasenhuttl a team that he can mould into his own once again. Players will come and go and replacements need to be good enough to fit in seamlessly to the high-energy game that the Saints boss wants to play.
It remains to be seen whether the club can get a deal over the line before next Saturday when things need to click into place for a consistent showing against Everton.