The attacking department of the Southampton squad needs quality additions this winter. As per French media, Southampton are in advanced talks to bring Lorient striker Terem Moffi.
The 23-year-old has been with Lorient since 2020, having signed for the club from Kortrijk for 8 million euros. The Nigeria international’s current deal expires in 2024.
In 16 appearances this season, Moffi has managed to score 10 goals.
The 23-year-old is considered to be one of the best strikers in Nigeria. As a member of Nigeria national football team, Moffi won 7 caps and he scored 2 goals.
Terem Moffi will be high in demand this winter, with him having enjoyed a sublime season for Lorient this term.
Nathan Jones wants to sign a new striker and Moffi is one of the names at the top of his wishlist. Jones is a firm fan of Lorient striker and Southampton could make a move for the player if the financial aspect makes sense.
The Saints are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The former Kortrijk man is a traditional number nine, having all types of finishes in his locker. His finishing abilities when in and around the box will come as a massive asset to Jones’ side.
World Football Rumours
According to the report, “Southampton have had an opening bid rejected for Lorient striker Terem Moffi. The 23-year-old is the subject of serious interest from the Saints, per Foot Mercato. However, the source adds that Nathan Jones’ team were unsuccessful in their first attempt to secure Moffi. A bid of £8 million was turned down for a forward who is also interesting Everton. The Toffees will be hoping they can put in a better offer to secure his signature. However, the Saints are likely to come back, as they are also desperate for attacking reinforcements.”
Considering they don’t have a big budget, Southampton will have to be smart with the signings in the transfer window.
Lorient are eager to keep the striker beyond the current campaign, but the player may look to take the next step in his career.
Good signing for Southampton?
If Moffi is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Southampton.
The striker is in the peak of his career right now and he might want to prove his quality in the Premier Leagu if an opportunity comes his way. He has all the skillset required to be a success story at Southampton. Therefore, it makes sense for Nathan Jones to step up his attempts to bring the Nigerian striker to Premier League side.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Southampton.
The ball is in Southampton’s court and they need to take a decision on signing Moffi.
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Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time playing Esports games.