Southampton are interested in signing Arsenal’s Egyptian international midfielder Mohamed Elneny this month, according to the Independent.
Elneny has only collected 77 minutes of Premier League action this season under new Gunners boss Unai Emery and the Saints are apparently ready to battle Leicester City for his services before the window closes.
Despite Emery looking to beef up Arsenal’s midfield, Elneny has found himself on the fringes and he has not been called upon to cover at centre-half either, in spite of the injuries that have afflicted his team-mates back there this season.
But Southampton are resurgent under Ralph Hasenhuttl; his high-tempo approach has galvanised the club but it requires energy in midfield to maintain the pressing game he demands.
Elneny would be absolutely perfect for that style; he is not the most refined midfielder in possession but he covers ground exceptionally well and has a good eye for danger.
Hasenhuttl has let the aging Steven Davis rejoin Rangers this month on loan – leaving a gap in midfield – and Elneny’s high-octane approach makes him a clear upgrade on the departed Northern Irishman.
The Egyptian could probably do with a fresh start; he is yet to show English football what he is really capable of and if he isn’t going to force his way in at Arsenal, a move away is best for all parties concerned.